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Your Visit to the British Museum

British Museum main entrance

Your Visit to the British Museum

The British Museum is visited by over eight million people every year. It is free to visit the permanent collections at the British Museum. The exception is for special exhibitions. Special Exhibits have a fee for entry however the vast majority of the museum is free.

Open daily 10 am – 5.30 pm, the Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year. Check their website to confirm your visit details.

Tips for surviving the British Museum:

Avoid Peak Times

See the popular objects at the first opening hour of the late night hour. Reserve the middle of the day for the less popular galleries. So see the Parthenon Sculptures first.

Introductory Tours

The museum offers free tours and fee-based tours. Confirm availability via the website. There are also many private tours available depending on your interests. A tour is a good way to gain an introductory overview of the many collections.

Take your time with multiple visits and breaks

Entry to the British Museum is free so do not feel you need to see everything in one visit. Spread your visit over multiple visits and take breaks for food and hydration. Watching people during a tea or coffee break is a great way to refresh in between highlights.

Prepare in advance

Research the best underground tube location from your home base and how to get to the museum from the train station. None of the tube exits is conveniently located across from the museum, so there are a few blocks to be walked. Prepare with a general idea of how to get to the museum using a map.

Study the Museum Map

A map with the general layout of the museum, descriptions for the important galleries and highlight attractions within the museum is a useful aid. Maps are available at the enquiries desk and the bookshop offers more detailed guides.

Location:  Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Public transport access via “London Underground” or the Tube at the following Underground train station:

  • Goodge Street
  • Holborn
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Russell Square



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