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    THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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    The British Museum

    Great Russell St. (Bloomsbury)

    London

    (44) 020-7323-8000 | www.britishmuseum.org

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    • ATTRACTION

      Historical Museum
    • HOURS/TIMES

      Sat.-Wed.: 10:00am-5:30pm; Thurs.-Fri.: 10:00pm-8:30pm; Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1: Closed
    • PRICE

      Free; fees for special exhibitions vary
    • POPULAR TIMES

      Always
    • RESERVE IN ADVANCE

      No, but you can buy tickets for special exhibitions online
    • WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION

      None
    • HIGHLIGHTS

      The Rosetta Stone (196 BC); Mummy of Cleopatra from Thebes (100 AD); Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
    • ALLOW

      4-5 hours
    • TUBE

      Holborn; Tottenham Court Road; Russell Square; Goodge Street
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    VIBE

    Founded in 1753, this museum houses the world's greatest collection (seven million artifacts) of world antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome, Asia, and the Middle East, plus items from prehistoric Britain.

    GO HERE WITH

    Anyone

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Extensive collection of historical artifacts covering a wide range of geographic locations and time periods. It is a walking world history lesson.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Sheer size of the collection makes it difficult to see everything that you would like to see in one trip. If you are a history buff or a lover of artifacts, plan for plenty of time here.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    There are many items in the collection with disputed ownership claims, including the Rosetta Stone claimed by Egypt and Elgin Marbles claimed by Greece. There are free short tours called eyeOpener Gallery Tours (30-40 min. each) introducing different areas of the museum's collection, led by volunteer guides. There are also 90 min. highlights tours focused on specific geographical areas at 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm for GBP 8 which may be booked in advance on the museum’s website. Additionally, there is a multimedia guide (audio commentary and images) for GBP 4.50 which covers 200 objects in 61 galleries in a choice of 10 languages. A passport or national ID is required as a deposit for a multimedia guide.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Victoria and Albert Museum (London); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)


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