British Museum

 
 
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Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Selected galleries are open late Thu & Fri | Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December
 
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FREE | Charges apply to major temporary exhibitions.
 

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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.

 

British Museum events

 
The Way Of TeaThe Way Of TeaTea-making demonstrations accompanied by a brief talk on the history of tea drinking and gathering in Japan.27th February 2015Friday 27th February 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
The Way Of Tea
Ancient Egyptian Art And Nebamun: TalkAncient Egyptian Art And Nebamun: TalkA gallery talk by Carol Andrews.27th February 2015Friday 27th February 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Ancient Egyptian Art And Nebamun: Talk
The Long Lives Of Roman Statues: Public Monuments In Late Antique Aphrodisias: LectureThe Long Lives Of Roman Statues: Public Monuments In Late Antique Aphrodisias: LectureWith RRR Smith, Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford University.27th February 2015Friday 27th February 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Today Only
The Long Lives Of Roman Statues: Public Monuments In Late Antique Aphrodisias: Lecture
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And ExchangeConnecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And ExchangeA selection of objects, artworks and artefacts which are connected to the history of trade in the Indian Ocean.27th February 2015Sunday 31st May 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
Ancient Lives, New DiscoveriesAncient Lives, New DiscoveriesAn installation of eight people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan, including a priest's daughter, a temple doorkeeper and a child, using cutting-edge technology to discover how they lived their lives.27th February 2015Sunday 19th April 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Ongoing
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Chinese Adventures (Over 5s)Chinese Adventures (Over 5s)Take part in a range of digital activities inspired by China.28th February 2015Saturday 28th February 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Chinese Adventures (Over 5s)
Education Among The Ancient Mexicans: TalkEducation Among The Ancient Mexicans: TalkA gallery talk by Elizabeth Baquedano.28th February 2015Saturday 28th February 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Education Among The Ancient Mexicans: Talk
Arduino WorkshopArduino WorkshopUse an Arduino toolkit to create interactive models.1st March 2015Sunday 1st March 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
On Soon
Arduino Workshop
Maya Writing At Copan: The Fate Of 18-Rabbit: TalkMaya Writing At Copan: The Fate Of 18-Rabbit: TalkAn informative gallery talk.3rd March 2015Tuesday 3rd March 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Maya Writing At Copan: The Fate Of 18-Rabbit: Talk
The Sculptures Of The Parthenon: TalkThe Sculptures Of The Parthenon: TalkAn informative talk.4th March 2015Wednesday 4th March 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Sculptures Of The Parthenon: Talk
 

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Opening and closing times for British Museum

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LondonTown.com - British Museum Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Euston Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
Eurostar
 
15 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Bloomsbury Square Car Park
 
3 minutes walk
 
Holborn NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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February in London 2012

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May in London 2012

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What to do in London Throughout 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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Hotels near British Museum

Near British Museum
Grange White Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £60  29% 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  23% 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 £45  21% 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
 
 
 
 
THE BEST

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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 8 minutes from British Museum
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

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, 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
THE BEST

Events near British Museum

Near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 5th September 2015
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 11 minutes from British Museum
Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 12 minutes from British Museum
Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
English National Opera: The Queen of Spades
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 6th June to 2nd July 2015 - 7pm-9.45pm
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 12 minutes from British Museum
Edward Gardner conducts his final production as music director of the ENO, bowing out with Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades before taking up the music directorship ...More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Entertainment near British Museum

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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
THE BEST

Shopping near British Museum

The best shops and markets near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Classic Camera- The Leica Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
THE BEST

Restaurants near British Museum

What are the best dining options near British Museum London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Court Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Education near British Museum

Near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 7 minutes from British Museum
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Leisure near British Museum

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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
THE BEST

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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from British Museum
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, 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
 
 
 
THE BEST

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, 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, 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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Meeting venue hire near British Museum

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near British Museum.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Rathbone Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
30 Rathbone Street, W1T | 7 minutes from British Museum
Centrally located in Fitzrovia, it's a short walk from The Rathbone to Oxford Street, Soho and London's theatre district. With high speed wireless broadband available in ... More
 
 
 
 

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Ancient Egyptian Art And Nebamun: Talk
Exhibitions | On 27th February 2015 

British Museum

A gallery talk by Carol Andrews....More

The Long Lives Of Roman Statues: Public Monuments In Late Antique Aphrodisias: Lecture
Exhibitions | On 27th February 2015 

British Museum

With RRR Smith, Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford University....More

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Exhibitions | Until 19th April 2015 

British Museum

An installation of eight people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan, including a priest's daughter, a temple doorkeeper ...More

Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2015 

British Museum

A selection of objects, artworks and artefacts which are connected to the history of trade in the Indian Ocean....More

The Way Of Tea
Leisure | On 27th February 2015 

British Museum

Tea-making demonstrations accompanied by a brief talk on the history of tea drinking and gathering in Japan....More

The Caricatures of Mark Boxer
The Caricatures of Mark Boxer
Exhibitions | Until 22nd March 2015 

The Cartoon Museum 2 minutes walk from British Museum

The Caricatures of Mark Boxer at the Cartoon Museum is an exhibition dedicated to the British 60s cartoonist, who was ...More

 
Memphis The Musical
Memphis The Musical
Theatre | Until 28th March 2015 

Shaftesbury Theatre 4 minutes walk from British Museum

Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs ...More

 
Into the Light, The Joy of Painting
Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2015 

The Wiener Library 4 minutes walk from British Museum

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Children With Cancer UK Fashion Show
Exhibitions | On 27th February 2015 

The Building Centre 4 minutes walk from British Museum

Fundraising Fashion Show and Afterparty for the Children with Cancer UK charity. Friday 27th Feb, 7-12 midnight!...More

El Anatsui: Selected Works
Exhibitions | Until 28th March 2015 

October Gallery 5 minutes walk from British Museum

A solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist, focusing on an array of magnificent metal wall-hanging sculptures, including works displayed ...More

 
 
 
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