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Top museum of the extra class, free admission

The British Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is a classic history museum for all eras from the Stone Age to the present day. In total there are about 8 million objects on display. Every year about 5 million visitors come to the British Museum. The gigantic exhibition is free of charge for all visitors.

Tours through the British Museum London: Of course good tours in groups are also available and can be found on this website.

Superlative British Museum

The British Museum is considered the oldest museum in the world, open to the public and still in existence (founded 1753).

According to some statistics, it is currently the most visited museum in the world. Of course, the fact that it does not cost an entrance fee helps.

The British Museum is considered to be the largest museum on earth, at least in terms of the number of objects on display. It is 8 million. Unbelievable. If you look at each object for only 10 seconds, you would need about 2,5 years. No one, not even a museum employee, can have seen everything in the largest of all exhibitions.

The new, futuristic entrance hall by Sir Norman Foster (see picture above) is considered to be the largest public building in Europe. It is bigger than a football pitch.

The reading room is still one of the largest in the world, with over 300,000 books. It used to be the home of the entire British Library. Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, Lenin and other celebrities regularly read millions of books here. The British Library moved to a new, larger building near St Pancras station in 1998.

Here Karl Marx wrote his book “Das Kapital“. It is one of the most controversial works of world literature, but still the most famous book in economics.

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What do I have to look at?

There are almost endless highlights in the British Museum. Quite a few visitors and historians consider the Egyptian and Ancient Greek collections to be the most important areas in the British Museum.

The most famous unique piece in the Bristish Museum is the world-famous Rosetta Stone. With its help the Egyptian hieroglyphs were deciphered. The stone of Rosetta has the same long text in three languages (hieroglyphics, demotic, ancient Greek). With the help of the stone the Egyptian characters could be decoded with the help of the Greek translation. Also the Egyptian mummies and the Greek statues attract many visitors.

The frieze of Parthenon: The Pantheon is a temple on the Acropolis in Athens. The frieze is a decoration surrounding parts of the building. It is world famous.

Lindow-Man: A corpse about 2,000 years old that was found very well preserved in a moor. In England it is similarly known as the Ötzi from the Alps.

Kyros cylinder from Persia (today Iran), 6th century BC. For the first time in known history something like human rights were formulated.

Lewis Chessmen: Very famous chess pieces from the Middle Ages (Origin Scandinavia)

We liked the department clocks, movement and time. You can see large clocks, pocket watches from the 16th century and much more. The highlight of this section of the British Museum for us was the Mechanical Galleon (mechanical gallone), which was probably made in Augsburg at the end of the 16th century. It is a ship model with an incredible number of details made of metal, which was also a clock. Absolutely worth seeing.

The museum building itself is also worth seeing. In particular, the covered inner courtyard designed by Sir Norman Foster some 15 years ago is spectacular. It is the largest covered square in Europe. In the middle of the huge room is the large, old reading room of the British Museum.

Further information

Tours through the British Museum London: Of course this is also available and can be found on this link.

Opening hours British Museum 2024 : The opening hours are simple: daily from 10:00 to 17:30, on Friday even until 20:30. Exceptions are only some holidays like Christmas and New Year.

Entry fees British Museum 2024: This is even easier. Admission to the British Museum is free! Exceptions are special exhibitions for which an entrance fee is sometimes charged. The museum is financed by the British government.

How to get to the British Museum: Less than 500 metres from the British Museum are the following underground stations; Holborn (near the main entrance), Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street and Russell Square. Bicycle parking is available. The museum is easily accessible by public transport. Those coming by car will have a problem finding a parking space nearby.

Bus tour from London to Stonehenge

You go by bus 2.5 hours there and 2.5 hours back. In between you are 2-3 hours in Stonehenge. You can have a look at the stone circles and the exhibition in the visitor centre. You will be informed with an audio device (available in many languages including of course English). The journey takes about 7 hours, departure is at 2 pm in summer and earlier in winter.

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Tip: Harry Potter excursion (Warner Brothers Studio Tour)

One of the popular excursions in London is to the film studios,
where the Harry Potter films were shot. The location of the studios
is about 30 kilometres north of London near the town of Watford.
near the town of Watford. The tour includes a bus transfer from
London and has very good reviews. A “must” for every
Harry Potter fan on holiday in London. The trip by bus and the
visit to the film studios takes around 7 hours. You should book early,
the popular Harry Potter excursion from London is often sold out.
The alternative journey by public transport is not so easy.
The excursion to the Warner Brothers Studios is for many
London holidaymakers the highlight of their trip.

On this page you can find more info and book the tour.

All Highlights British Museum London

The British Museum in London is one of the world’s leading museums with an extensive collection of art, artefacts and historic buildings from around the world. With more than 8 million objects in the collection, deciding what to see can be overwhelming. Here are the main highlights of the British Museum.

Rosetta Stone

Parthenon Sculptures

Egyptian Mummies

Lewis Chessmen

Late Roman

Silver Bowl

Gayer-Anderson Cat

Benin Bronzes


Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs

Egyptian Book of the Dead

Samurai Armour

Easter Island Statue (Moai)

Standard of Ur

Nereid Monument

Hoa Hakananai’a (Easter Island Statue)

Elgin Marbles

Colossal Bust of Amenhotep III

Portland vase

Aztec double-headed snake

Papyrus of Ani

Mexican turquoise mosaic mask

Cyrus cylinder

British Museum reading room

Lindow Man (bog body)

Maori meeting house

Roman silver bowl

Chinese jade funeral suit

Mayan Staircase with Hieroglyphics

Moche Portrait Head

Rembrandt’s Self Portrait

African Elephant (Dürer)

Nereid Monument Frieze

Oseberg Ship

Sculpture from the Vijayanagara Temple

African Ancestor Figure in Wood

Lewis’s Gneiss Rock

Head of Augustus

Haida Totem Pole

Oxus TreasureIfe

HeadIvory Bracelet Lady

King Game of Ur

Ninive Lion Weights

Mathematical Papyrus of Rhind

Late Roman Gold Necklace

Aztec Mosaic Mask

African Headrest

Old Egyptian Figurines

Hadrian’s Wall

Dendera Zodiac

Egyptian Temple of Dendur

Flint hand axe

African wooden Senufo bird

Hellenistic bronze statue of a boxer

Chinese horse from the Tang Dynasty

Colossal bust of Ramses II.

Limestone relief from Nineveh (Ninive)

Japanese print of the Great Wave

Assyrian palace reliefs

Uruk vase

Coptic textiles

Akan gold weights

Gayer-Anderson- Chair

Greek crater

Mexican relief sculptureBird-shaped pipe

Assyrian winged genie

Roman sarcophagus

Ancient Greek pottery

Japanese calligraphy from the Heian period

Mexican feathered serpent

Mamluke glass mosque lamp

Anglo-Saxon buckle

Persian carpetItalian

Renaissance bronze sculptureIslamic tiles

Korean mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinet

Anglo-Saxon gold buckle

Hellenistic bronze statue of a dancing satyr

Persian relief sculpture

Wikings silver treasure

Chinese porcelain

Medieval Islamic pottery

Chinese cloisonné vase from the 19th century.

Aztec flint knife

Hellenistic bronze statue of a sleeping satyr

Medieval ivory chess piece

Mexican turquoise mosaic shield

Japanese painting from the 18th century

Porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty

Tours through the British Museum London: Of course this is also available and can be found on this link.

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