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British Museum, London

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See the development of human culture on every continent from prehistory to the present at British Museum. The museum houses one of the largest collections of works in the world, some 8 million. You'll encounter many significant items here, including the Rosetta Stone, the Magna Carta, and the Parthenon Frieze. The museum is broken into various departments, each covering a specific place and time, such as ancient Egypt and Sudan, or a theme, such as coins and medals. The works cover a broad spectrum of styles, from ancient carvings, sculptures, stoneware, and gold metalwork to prints and drawings from famous Renaissance artists. You won't have time to cover all the museum's collections in a single visit, so you should choose subjects that interest you and focus on them. A map of the museum helps you navigate efficiently. Pick up a copy at an information point inside, or download a digital one to your smartphone or tablet ahead of time. If you're not sure which galleries to visit, you can join a highlights tour. Departing twice a day every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, these guided tours show you the museum's most important pieces. Book this tour online or at the information desk in the front court. If specific galleries interest you, try to catch one of the free daily Eye-Opener tours. Galleries host one of these 30- to 40-minute tours per day, giving you a deeper historical understanding of specific periods and regions. Arrange to visit British Museum and other attractions in London using our London trip tool .
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  • Free and so much to See. You can spend hours and hours there. Worth it if you like museums ! The cafes inside are also pretty affordable and tasty.  more »
  • We spent a half day here and had a great time. The amount of important artifacts here is mind boggling. The building itself is amazing as well. Our 8 year old really enjoyed a multi faith spiritual so...  more »
  • This is a very large museum - and wonderful. From the Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian rooms and beyond - it is full of amazing artifacts. We targeted a few rooms and spent about 1.5 hours as our schedule wa...  more »
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  • An extraordinary museum with many exhibits from all over the world. It's worth visiting to see some of the unwritten history of our world.There is so much to be seen as worth a day's life for the visit. The ENTRANCE is FREE, but the entrance program must be checked. On some days it can be crowded at the entrance but also inside the museum. There are also some food and beverage points for those interested. And souvenir shops are fabulous. Is a magnificent museum.
  • One of the best museum's in the world . The displays are aesthetically pleasing and educational enriching. I have been over 30 times taking friends and family each time and have found new areas to visit and explore. The free entrance sections is a rewarding experience but the events are amazing are well worth the admission. The fact there is a free section donations help keep it that way but up to you on giving what you can afford. Only irony is the museum is not very British in essence but has a feel of what a museum should look like .
  • One of the best museums I visited in my life. Covers every bit of history in the world. Amazing architecture. Some interactive booths were in place where you can even touch some antiques like ancient currencies. Of course the security check was not pleasant but it was light and very fast. The entry is completely free of charge but you can donate at the entrance. I would totally recommend it.
  • Arguably the largest museum on planet earth, this museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and show pieces. Located centrally , the museum is easily accessible by bus, tube or taxi. The grand hall or arena is breath taking and HUGE. The best part of the museum is most of the galleries - nearly 90% are free, the seasonal and special galleries are charged. There are countless 'have to see' exhibits , again they help here with a leaflet of most famous pieces with their significance and location. One of my visits - i just covered those, but in my opinion it is not fair and i would recommend multiple visits if you cannot cover all of it at one go- almost impossible I think. The most famous exhibits in my opinion is the original Rosetta stone and some roman sculpture and royal ornaments. Do not miss the Egyptian and African Art exhibits. Love the cafe and the shop as well.
  • The amount of history stored in one enormous building is mind blowing!! Study up or bring a time line of world history when you come...as you go through each room of treasures mark your time line and take pictures. When you're finished combine the two and you have an amazing souvenir of your visit. There is a cafe here and free toilets, so you can make a day of it. The gift shop is full of all sorts of unique and amazing treasures with the nicest multi-lingual cashiers.
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