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British Museum

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Bloomsbury
As featured in 3 Days in London and 5 other guides
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Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
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+44 20 7323 8299
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Today
10:00 - 17:30
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Fri 10:00 - 20:30
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of...

A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

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Outstanding egyptian exhibit

we came to see the exhibition of the lost Egyptian cities- we were left spellbound by it including our little boy aged 7

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

we came to see the exhibition of the lost Egyptian cities- we were left spellbound by it including our little boy aged 7

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This museum is enormous and I didn't manage to see everything, but the part I saw (specifically the Egyptian section) is great. Entry is free and while there was a bit of a line to get in, it moved quite fast and I was through the doors in 5-10 minutes. The only thing I was missing was a bit more... More 

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The enormous variety of speciality exhibitions means I have to keep checking the website because I do not want to miss something. The latest visit was to the Under the Sea discoveries which as usual was so clearly laid out and labeled that I felt I understood about the design and construction of the items.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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I've been the the British Museum many times over the years but this was my first visit for some time. How things have changed. We were made to queue before we could go in, ostensibly for a bag check, but due to the nature of these things, I, a man, was waved through whilst my partner, a woman, had her... More 

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Particularly loved everything about the Middle East in this super huge museum !! It was unfortunate that I could only spend half a day here. I actually think I need a whole day and a half !!

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Thank mrnorma1
London, United Kingdom
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Loved it, beautiful exhibitions. Food is overpriced but to be expected at a free museum. Would recommend going with family, however maybe when the kids are 8 or 9 so they can truly appreciate it and not get bored

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Huge museum, but we went there late, so we didnt manage to see the whole museum. Be there early to really enjoy the museum. You can easily spend most of your day there. Very interesting and they have exhibits that suits everyone's interest.

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Thank ken t
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful displays of exhibits that will knock your socks and over excite your history teacher! Due to the shear size we chose to focus our 2 hours on the ancient Greeks and Egyptians which was very rewarding. Within easy walking distance from Holborn tube. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

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What a lovely collection of the history. Almost impossible to see everything in one day. It is great that you can visit the Museum without comission.

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The contents of this museum are truly astonishing, and it's free. The ancient artifacts are awesome and their historical context explained well. Don't miss the section on Chinese pottery.

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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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