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- British Museum
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Temple Church, St Paul’s Cathedral,
about British Museum
The British Museum is one of the world’s foremost museums of history and anthropology. Based in London, the British Museum has some of the largest and most revered collections from around the globe ranging from Babylonian stonework and Samurai armour to pottery and glass from the Roman Empire.
The British Museum has several permanent collections, including its world-famous Egyptian collection which includes a large number of Egyptian mummies as well as temporary exhibits. One of the British Museum's most famous residents is the second century BC Rosetta Stone.
The British Museum divides its collections by themes and cultures, each of which is displayed in numbered rooms. One of its most popular exhibits is its collection of Parthenon Sculptures from Ancient Greece, which can be found in room 18. With such a wide collection, it’s difficult to summarise the work of the British Museum or to explore its myriad of galleries. However, the museum does offer a variety of itineraries, including a one hour tour which showcases, amongst other things, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and Assyrian lion hunt reliefs from 668 BC as well as several other famous objects like the Lewis Chess Set and 12th – 14th century Nigerian artwork.
Three hour and children’s’ itineraries are also available on the British Museum’s website and at the museum itself. Alternatively, free audio guides are available or visitors can book a highlights tour in advance for a fee, which take place at 10.30 am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm daily. You can book this online or by calling the museum.
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Address: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Phone: 44 (0)20 7323 8000
The British Museum is on Great Russell Street, but can also be seen via Gower Street. The nearest tube stations (in order of distance) are Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines), Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines), Russell Square (Piccadilly line) and Goodge Street(Northern line). By bus, routes 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98 or 242 stop on New Oxford Street (a 2 minute walk).
The British Museum is open daily, 10am-5.30pm (to 8:30pm Thursdays and Fridays). General admission is free, although special exhibitions require a fee. Audio guides are generally free and available from The Great Court (the guide to the Parthenon Sculptures costs £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children under 12). A highlights tour costs £8 for adults or £5 for children under 12, students with identification and British Museum Friends.
The British Museum has a cafe and several other amenities. It's also close to several shopping areas.
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