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British MuseumIf you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artefacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects include the Parthenon Sculptures (also sometimes called the Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. The hieroglyphics and classical sculptures are instantly recognisable and world famous. The museum's collection of ancient Egyptian mummies is world famous and The Michael Cohen Gallery in this section includes a special tomb-chapel room dedicated to the life Negamun, a wealthy Egyptian who died around 1350 BC. This Egyptian gallery was one of four to open in 2008-09 including spaces dedicated to Clocks and Watches, Medieval Europe, and the Percival David Collection of Chinese Art, part of the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies. The crowning glory of the museum its central hub, the glass domed Great Court designed by Lord Norman Foster - the largest covered public square in Europe.

 

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Shadow Puppets Animation (Over 7s)Shadow Puppets Animation (Over 7s)The ancient tradition of shadow-puppetry in Java, explained and demonstrated.2016-02-07T11:00:00+00002016-02-07T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs The world's oldest surviving Bible and the earliest complete copy of the New Testament are among 200 objects that make up Egypt: faith after the pharaohs, the first major exhibition to deal with 1,200 years of Egyptian history. The British Museum display gives a unique insight into the lives of Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities in ancient E2016-02-07T00:00:00+00002016-02-07T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Museums
PRICING  £10 (Adults), Concessions available, Children under 16 Free
DATES  29th October 2015 to 7th February 2016
The world's oldest surviving Bible and the earliest complete copy of the New Testament are among 200 objects that make up Egypt: faith after the pharaohs, the first major exhibition to deal with 1,200 years of Egyptian history. The British Museum display gives a unique insight into the lives of Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities in ancient E... More about this event
 
Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's Watercolours of RomeLight, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's Watercolours of RomeLight, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's Watercolours of Rome The British Museum marks the bicentenary of Francis Towne's death with all 75 of his beautiful watercolours made on his visit to Italy in 1780-1, shown together for the first time since 1805. The poster boy for the 'new Georgian' revival of interest in 18th century art, Towne's rural sketches and later large scale paintings of the Co2016-02-07T00:00:00+00002016-08-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting | PRICING  Free  
DATES  21st January to 14th August 2016
The British Museum marks the bicentenary of Francis Towne's death with all 75 of his beautiful watercolours made on his visit to Italy in 1780-1, shown together for the first time since 1805. The poster boy for the 'new Georgian' revival of interest in 18th century art, Towne's rural sketches and later large scale paintings of the Co... More about this event
 
The Moon Gate And The City God: Beauty, Life And Faith In ChinaThe Moon Gate And The City God: Beauty, Life And Faith In ChinaChinese New Year lecture given by Anne Haworth.2016-02-08T13:30:00+00002016-02-08T00:00:00+0000 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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The Moon Gate And The City God: Beauty, Life And Faith In China
Members' Lecture: Migrants Or Invaders' The Sack Of Rome In AD410Members' Lecture: Migrants Or Invaders' The Sack Of Rome In AD410Sam Moorhead and David Stuttard examine who the Goths actually were.2016-02-08T18:30:00+00002016-02-08T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Members' Lecture: Migrants Or Invaders' The Sack Of Rome In AD410
Conservation Of Footwear From The Islamic WorldConservation Of Footwear From The Islamic WorldGiven by Barbara Wills.2016-02-09T13:15:00+00002016-02-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Conservation Of Footwear From The Islamic World
Susan Woodford: The Parthenon Sculptures: TalkSusan Woodford: The Parthenon Sculptures: TalkA gallery talk.2016-02-10T13:15:00+00002016-02-10T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Free EventOn Soon
Susan Woodford: The Parthenon Sculptures: Talk
Islamic Art In Syria And EgyptIslamic Art In Syria And EgyptThis is presented by Roberta Marin, independent speaker.2016-02-11T13:15:00+00002016-02-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Free EventOn Soon
Islamic Art In Syria And Egypt
The Way Of TeaThe Way Of TeaTea-making demonstrations accompanied by a talk.2016-02-12T14:00:00+00002016-02-12T00:00:00+0000 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Free EventOn Soon
The Way Of Tea
Chinese MoneyChinese MoneyThis is addressed by Helen Wang.2016-02-12T13:15:00+00002016-02-12T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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3 minutes walk
 
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Grange White Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  35% off
2-5 Montague Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
The Grange White Hall Hotel is uniquely located in a quieter part of London's busy West End area, overlooking the world famous British Museum. With its ... More
 
 
 
Grange Blooms Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  36% off
7 Montague Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
An impressive looking 18th century townhouse, the Grange Blooms Hotel is located in the heart of London's trendy Bloomsbury area, adjacent to the British Museum. Just ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £56  41% off
97 Great Russell Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
Conforming to the Radisson Blu Edwardian brand of mixing designer décor with designer locations, the Kenilworth has everything you'd expect from this established chain. 50 metres ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Museums nearest British Museum

Nearest to British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Cartoon Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
Combining art with humour, this addition to London's museum-cum-gallery scene is refreshingly vibrant. From political cartoons of Thatcher, Brown, Bush and Blair to rare originals on ... More
 
 
 
Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
London > Attractions > Museums
BOC Museum, 9 Bedford Square, Camden, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
The museum collection contains over 2000 objects relating to the story of anaesthesia. Its collections date from 1774 to the present day and provide a detailed ... More
 
 
 
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The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near British Museum

The best museums, galleries, attractions near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Victoria House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
This Grade II listed building, a stunning neoclassical landmark constructed in the 1920s, was extensively remodelled in 2003 to provide 300,000 square feet of prime office, ... More
 
 
 
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Architectural Association School Of Architecture
London > Attractions > House and Garden
36 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
The Architectural Association School of Architecture, the UK's oldest school of architecture, was originally set up in 1847 and moved to Bedford Square in 1917. Set ... More
 
 
 
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The Building Centre
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
26 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 4 minutes from British Museum
Open to the public as well as construction professionals, The Building Centre houses a permanent exhibition of a 1:1500 scale model of Central London. Current major ... More
 
 
 
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Events near British Museum

Near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February to 9th April 2016
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 4 minutes from British Museum
After eight and a half years touring arenas throughout the UK, Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds enjoyed its ...More
 
 
 
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Motown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 11th February to 22nd October 2016
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 4 minutes from British Museum
Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West ...More
 
 
 
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 12th March 2016
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 6 minutes from British Museum
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Shaftesbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from British Museum
A large and appealingly shabby Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular theatre and musicals. The most notorious of these was probably ... More
 
 
 
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Dominion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
268 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London W1T | 4 minutes from British Museum
Huge, but now slightly shabby, theatre which plays host to big, rocking musicals. The Dominion has a huge stage and hundreds of seats - on a ... More
 
 
 
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The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from British Museum
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near British Museum

The best shops and markets near British Museum
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London Review Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the London Review Bookshop is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. ... More
 
 
 
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The Classic Camera- The Leica Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
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Gekoski
London > Shopping > Books
Pied Bull Yard, 15 Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from British Museum
Based in Bloomsbury, beside the British Museum, it's not surprising R. A. Gekoski Booksellers has a particular interest in the Bloomsbury Group. Established in 1982, it's ... More
 
 
 
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The Great Court Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
International cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Court Cafe at the British Museum
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
The Great Court at the British Museum is a fabulous place to drain a mug of coffee while admiring the renovations of architect Sir Norman Foster.... More
 
 
 
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Court Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
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Education near British Museum

Near British Museum
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
Russian Language Centre
London > Education > Language Courses
Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from British Museum
... More
 
 
 
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 5 minutes from British Museum
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
All Star Lanes, Bloomsbury
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from British Museum
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from British Museum
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near British Museum

The best pubs near London British Museum.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 5 minutes from British Museum
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from British Museum
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 6 minutes from British Museum
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near British Museum

British Museum clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue
London > Nightlife > Bars
224a Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from British Museum
The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ... More
 
 
 
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The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from British Museum
During The Savoy's £220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ... More
 
 
 
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from British Museum
The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near British Museum.
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
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The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from British Museum
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
 

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L'Etoile
Concerts | Until 24th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from British Museum

French director Mariame Clement gets her Royal Opera House debut with L'Etoile this February. ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from British Museum

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Sunday Cocktail Club
Concerts | On 7th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from British Museum

Cocktail offers and pop and indie music from DJs all night....More

Night Shift
Night Shift
Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from British Museum

Opening on the first weekend of what was meant to be the first weekend of the night tube - before ...More

 
Bread Of Heaven
Concerts | On 7th February 2016 

St Paul's Covent Garden 2 minutes walk from British Museum

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from British Museum

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Hand to God
Theatre | Until 11th June 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from British Museum

Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy ...More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 29th May 2016 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from British Museum

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 3rd July 2016 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from British Museum

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 11th September 2016 

Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from British Museum

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
 
 
 
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