British Museum

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Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
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Selected galleries are open late Thu & Fri | Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December
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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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Scratch Workshop (Ages 6-9)Scratch Workshop (Ages 6-9)Turn your museum visit into a game using Scratch software.2015-04-26T10:30:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek ArtDefining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek ArtTaking place in the Sainsbury's Exhibition Gallery, the British Museum's big spring blockbuster is Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition examines how Greek art represented the human body and features world-famous sculptures alongside amazing frescoes and pottery. A highlight will be the Belvedere Torso which, once named 'th2015-04-26T00:00:00+01002015-06-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art Exhibitions - Ancient & Classical
DATES6th March to 22nd June 2015
Taking place in the Sainsbury's Exhibition Gallery, the British Museum's big spring blockbuster is Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition examines how Greek art represented the human body and features world-famous sculptures alongside amazing frescoes and pottery. A highlight will be the Belvedere Torso which, once named 'th...†More about this event
Vile Bodies In Ancient Greece: TalkVile Bodies In Ancient Greece: TalkIndependent speaker Richard Woff discusses the subject.2015-04-28T13:15:00+01002015-04-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Vile Bodies In Ancient Greece: Talk
Representing Patron Saints And National Heroes: TalkRepresenting Patron Saints And National Heroes: TalkWith Hilary Williams.2015-04-29T13:15:00+01002015-04-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Representing Patron Saints And National Heroes: Talk
Man, Medicine And Nature: Sir Hans Sloane's Motivations For Collecting: TalkMan, Medicine And Nature: Sir Hans Sloane's Motivations For Collecting: TalkSpeaker Alice Marples discusses why the physician collected the items he did.2015-04-30T13:15:00+01002015-04-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
British Museum, † Great Russell Street† † † WC1B 3DG
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Man, Medicine And Nature: Sir Hans Sloane's Motivations For Collecting: Talk
Jane WellesleyJane WellesleyThe author discusses her recent book, Wellington.2015-04-30T13:30:00+01002015-04-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
British Museum, † Great Russell Street† † † WC1B 3DG
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Wellington And The French: A Family View: LectureWellington And The French: A Family View: LectureLady Jane Wellesley discusses the Duke's relationship with the country.2015-04-30T13:30:00+01002015-04-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Wellington And The French: A Family View: Lecture
Reconciling Different Values In Indigenous Collections: Australia And The UK: TalkReconciling Different Values In Indigenous Collections: Australia And The UK: TalkDiscover the research project behind the exhibition.2015-05-01T13:30:00+01002015-05-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
British Museum, † Great Russell Street† † † WC1B 3DG
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Reconciling Different Values In Indigenous Collections: Australia And The UK: Talk
The Art Of Country: Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art TodayThe Art Of Country: Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art TodayConsiderations, forms and functions of today's Australian Aboriginal art.2015-05-01T18:30:00+01002015-05-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
British Museum, † Great Russell Street† † † WC1B 3DG
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The Art Of Country: Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art Today
Challenging Colonial Legacies Today: Museums And Communities In Australia And East AfricaChallenging Colonial Legacies Today: Museums And Communities In Australia And East AfricaAn international panel of speakers to consider contemporary museum practice.2015-05-02T09:30:00+01002015-05-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Challenging Colonial Legacies Today: Museums And Communities In Australia And East Africa

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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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    Grange White Hall Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £69† 28% 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† 34% 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 £55† 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 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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    The Winter's Tale
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 17th October 2015 to 16th January 2016
    Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 12 minutes from British Museum
    Two years in the making, actor and director Kenneth Branagh presents a five-play, year-long season at the Garrick Theatre in 2015. Launching the season, this reimagined ...More
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    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
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    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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    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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    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
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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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    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
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    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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    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, 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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    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
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    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
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    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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    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
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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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    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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    Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art
    Exhibitions | Until 22nd June 2015 

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    Taking place in the Sainsbury's Exhibition Gallery, the British Museum's big spring blockbuster is Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient ...More

    Scratch Workshop (Ages 6-9)
    Kids Events | On 26th April 2015 

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    Turn your museum visit into a game using Scratch software....More

    Meet Your Favourite Children's Author: Grigory Kruzhkov
    Exhibitions | On 26th April 2015 

    Pushkin House 3 minutes walk from British Museum

    Bring your child for an afternoon of Russian-language fun and story-telling with much-loved poet and award-winning children's author and translator ...More

    The Other Art Fair
    The Other Art Fair
    Exhibitions | Until 26th April 2015 

    Victoria House 4 minutes walk from British Museum

    For the eighth edition of The Other Art Fair the fair moves to a larger space in the magnificent Victoria ...More

     
    Public London
    Public London
    Exhibitions | Until 11th July 2015 

    The Building Centre 4 minutes walk from British Museum

    Inviting us to take a look at the public spaces of the city, Public London explores how London's everyday spaces ...More

     
    Sunday at Alleycat
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 28th June 2015 

    The Alley Cat 5 minutes walk from British Museum

    Rockabilly and rock and roll courtesy of DJ Soho Kev and guests....More

    Sunday Rockin Club
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 28th June 2015 

    The Alley Cat 5 minutes walk from British Museum

    DJ Soho Kev spins rockabilly and rock and roll....More

    Forro Do Guanabara
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 28th June 2015 

    Guanabara 6 minutes walk from British Museum

    Forro music and dance, with live performances from singer, composer and accordionist, Zeu Azevedo and the Forrodaqui band and dance ...More

    War Horse
    War Horse
    Theatre | Until 13th February 2016 

    New London Theatre 6 minutes walk from British Museum

    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New ...More

     
    Piatti Quartet
    Concerts | On 26th April 2015 

    Conway Hall 7 minutes walk from British Museum

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