The British Museum Tour: The Ideas That Made Our World
- See the Rosetta Stone, the key to unlocking the world of the pharaohs
- Explore the Parthenon sculptures and the Greek legacy
- Learn about the Holy Thorn Reliquary and the rise of monotheism
- Visit the Lewis chessmen and find out how western culture developed
Through these objects and more you’ll explore some of the deepest questions in world history. Why did nomadic ancestors settle down and become farmers? Why do we have gods, kings and nations? What drove us to invent writing and money? How have war and germs shaped our lives? These are just some of the questions this tour will try to answer.
By the end of your visit you will have encountered many of the British Museum’s best-loved objects and will hopefully have a better understanding of how we have made our world.
There will be a short break during which you can buy drinks and refreshments and get to know your tour guide and the other participants. Tours operate every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 14:00.
- English-speaking tour guide
- Food and drinks
- Hostel/hotel pick-ups
Prepare for the activity
By the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This is the north entrance, with the stone lions on either side of the doorway. Look out for your guide who will stood next to the bag check area, holding an orange umbrella. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts, to allow time to pass through the bag check area. Directions: • The closest tube station is Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines) • After exiting the tube (there are several exits), walk up Tottenham Court Road (the Dominion Theatre should be on your right) • Turn right onto Great Russell Street and continue until you see the British Museum ahead of you • Next turn left on Bloomsbury Street and then right onto Montague Place (where you will see the King Edward Entrance). This is the north entrance of the museum, with the lion statues • If you are looking for an alternative route to the British Museum, Russell Square tube station (Piccadilly Line) is a short walk awayOpen in Google Maps ⟶