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British Museum

Widely considered the definitive museum documenting the evolution of human history and culture, the British Museum holds some of mankind’s most important historical treasures in its impressive Bloomsbury building. It’s a force to be reckoned with in the London museum scene – among its eight million artefacts, only a fraction can be displayed at one time.

Telling the story of mankind through the rise and fall of great civilisations and their artistic endeavors, a walk through the British Museum is a wander from Egypt to China, from Mexico to Ancient Greece. Spend hours marveling at the sophistication of the cultures that ruled throughout human history, all under a stunning dome roof designed by Norman Foster.

Treasures on show include the Elgin Marbles and the actual Rosetta Stone, which both remain controversial national claims. With pieces each more fascinating than the last, each retelling a greater story from history, ‘treasures’ barely covers it.

Alongside these permanent exhibitions, a deeply varied calendar of temporary exhibitions and events keeps visitors and Londoners alike coming back time after time.



Eat & Drink

British Museum

Court Restaurant

With the glass ceiling, neo-classical architecture, and overhead canopy, the Court Restaurant feels like a very exclusive treat. The menu continues this with lovely charcuterie plates and hanging legs of cured meat, often served on wooden blocks – a culinary delight.

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.30
Friday 10.00 – 22.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30

British Museum


The British Museum holds four more cafés and one packed lunch area. Our pick of the bunch was the outdoor café, which although pushed for seating, serves freshly cooked crepes and ice creams.


British Museum


This lovely shop has a huge collection of books, it’s a little hidden and seperate from all the other souvenir shops so try and look out for it or ask a member of staff where to find it. The books range from regional history, to the history of art and religion. There are also temporary exhibition publications available.

British Museum


There are little souvenir and gift shops dotted around the museum, all filled covered with British Museum merchandise and gifts, such as badges, pencil cases, tea towels and key rings. There are also many ‘British’ gifts to take home; you can buy shortbread, models of British monuments and Beefeater postcards.

Destination Ranking

  • 31 Overall
    • 14 Exhibitions & Programming
    • 66 Architecture & Spatial Design
    • 67 Eat & Drink
    • 62 Shop
    • 56 Digital Experience

General information


British Museum
Great Russell Street




+44 (0) 20 7323 8299

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 10.00 -17.30
Friday 10.00 – 20.30
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30

General Admission

Free, except for special exhibitions

Getting There

Tube: Holborn (Central Line, Picadilly Line), Tottenham Court Road (Central Line, Northern Line)

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