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You could spend all day browsing London’s grand British Museum collection, but if you only have a couple hours, here’s the essentials of what to see.
Soldiers in Napoleon’s army discovered the Rosetta Stone (196 BC), the most critical key to deciphering Egypt’s hieroglyphics, in 1799.
Sometimes called the Elgin Marbles, these 2,500 year-old remnants of ancient Greece have been on display at the British museum since 1817.
She is one of the most studied mummies of modern times. Katebet, the ‘King of the Gods’ sang and performed rituals during temple rituals in ancient Egypt.
The British Museum holds a set of Samurai armor made up from different periods—the cuirass and sleeves is 16th century, helmet, 17th, and the rest, 18th and 19th.
This 5,000 year-old game was popular across the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Indian. This particular item dates from about 2600 BC and was found in southern Iraq.
How do you decide how much time to dedicate to the British Museum? It's difficult to say when faced with such a massive collection. These are just the highlights; you'd barely scratch the surface of all 8,000,000 objects within a few hours time. It is free to enter, so there is absolutely no rush. Ideally, budget for a day spent inside wandering through history.
This means that it will be busiest on rainy days. Try to plan ahead and arrive at the 10:00AM opening.
- When to visitOpen daily 10:00AM to 5:30PM, closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.
- What is the price?Museum entry is free, but prices increase as you add recommended tours and other perks.
- Will I need a guide?A guide is always a good decision in a museum this large. You'll see the pieces that interest you most, woven in with history along the way.
- How to get thereThe nearest Tube stations are Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street, and many buses stop nearby.
- Additional tips
- Selected galleries are open until 8:30PM on Fridays.
- Luggage storage and cloakrooms are available onsite for a nominal fee.