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The British Museum Guided Tour : The Ideas That Made Our World

  • Duration Duration Approx. 2 ½ hours
  • Venue Venue British Museum, Great Russell St
  • Start Time Start Time 2:00PM
  • See ancient artefacts including The Rosetta Stone, The Lewis Chessman and Parthenon sculptures
  • Two and a half hour guided tour of the museum
  • Explore human history, arts and culture
  • Get up close to ceramics, sculptures, prints and drawings from across the world
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The British Museum was opened to the general public in 1759. Since its opening it has gained the reputation of being one of the greatest museums in the world. Located in the heart of Central London, the museum now welcomes around 5 million visitors per year.

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, arts and culture. Its vast collection derives from every corner of the world. Housing over 8 million works across 70 galleries; see ceramics, sculptures, prints, drawings and paintings. This guided tour of the museum will explore how mankind has evolved to the present day.

From ancient human civilisations to modern day living, you will explore some of the deepest questions in world history. Why did our ancestors decide to settle down and start farming? Why do we have gods, kings and nations? Why was money and writing invented? These are just a few of the questions that this tour will explore and answer.

On your tour you discuss many of the objects in the museum, including the Rosetta Stone; dating back to 196BC it was key to unlocking the history of ancient Egypt. In the Greek galleries you will visit The Parthenon sculptures, once part of the Parthenon temple; they date back to 447 – 438BC. Other artefacts that you will see include The Lewis Chessmenm, double-headed Aztec serpent, and the Easter Island Moai.

After your two and a half hour tour, you would have discovered many of the British Museums famous artefacts. You should come away with a better understanding of how the history and actions of humans have shaped our modern day world.

Whats Included
  • Entry to the British Museum
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-ups

Additional information

Please Note:

  • This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs, or with strollers or baby carriages.
  • The tour guide will be English speaking.
  • It’s advisable to wear comfortable footwear as there will be a lot of walking involved.
Venue Information
British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG.
Nearest Train Station: Tottenham Court Road, after exiting the station, walk up Tottenham Court Road (the Dominion Theatre should be on your right). Turn right onto Great Russell Street and continue walking and the British Museum be ahead of you. Turn left on Bloomsbury Street and then right onto Montague Place – enter through King Edward Entrance.
Tour departs: 2:00pm. Please arrive at least ten minutes prior. The tour guides will be by the bag check area holding orange umbrellas.
Tour finishes: 4:30pm back at the starting point.

Image Credits: The British Museum (lead image) - Photo by Ham II. License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Activity Code : BMGT