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British Museum’s huge collection "best of" in just 2 hours. It will include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, hieroglyphics and ancient artworks. Your questions will be answered by your qualified expert guide. The best way to discover this must see Museum in London with no time wasted.

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British Museum "Best Of" Tour



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  • Duration: around 2 hours
  • Available everyday at 10:00 AM (02:00 PM starting April 1st 2017)
  • Languages: English conducted by a qualified guide-interpreter
  • The very best of the British Museum through a tailor-made intinerary
  • Audio headsets for a better visit (when appropriate)
  • Small groups of no more than 20 people
  • Ticket delivery: Vouchers to be printed issued online (no tickets needed)
  • Children rate available (4 to 14) with proof of age, free if under 4



No vacation in London would be complete without a visit to one of the city's greatest treasures the British Museum. This outstanding destination holds centuries of objects depicting the history of humanity. These priceless relics testify to the ingenuity, creativity, and spirit of man.

This monument to all humankind opened in 1759. At this time, the museum consisted of the 71,000-piece collection of artifacts compiled by physician and naturalist, Sir Hans Sloane. Initially housed in the converted seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, The British Museum is Britain’s first national museum and allows free admission to the public in an effort to grant everyone an opportunity to share in the wonders that it houses. More than two centuries of tireless work on the part of curators and builders transformed Montague House the 800,000 square foot wonder of today. The British Museum ranks as the number one museum in the United Kingdom and greets nearly seven million visitors each year.

Within the museum walls, visitors see the enormity two million years of human history laid out in the form of over eight million pieces. These treasures require over 800,000 square feet of space. Touring such an immense museum without a guide to lead the way can be a formidable task. On our specially designed itinerary of the highlights, your guide will use their expert knowledge of and personal passion for the museum to give life to these marvelous relics.

Rosetta Stone
© Hans Hillewaert / , via Wikimedia Commons

Prepare to be in awe of the wonders the British Museum houses. Your guide will deftly direct you through the ninety-four galleries housing Athenian marbles, Egyptian Mummies, Anglo-Saxon treasures and so much more that the museum is called the most comprehensive permanent collection of human history, art, and culture that exists. Your guide will ensure that you encounter some of the museum’s most intriguing and fascinating objects. Among the highlights at the British Museum is the Granite Head of Amenhotep III, a four-ton sculpture of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III who ruled between 1390 and 1325; the Rosetta Stone, which was essential to interpreting Egyptian hieroglyphs; and the enormous Parthenon Frieze; this incredible sculpture is a monument to the glory of classical Greece.

The Egyptian Rooms are a true must-see as they hold an amazing collection of mummies, including the famous cat mummies. Your guide will explain the Ancient Egyptian beliefs about life, death, and the afterworld and help facilitate your understanding of Egyptian culture as you view these amazing pieces of human history in person. The museum also contains a brilliant assortment of Anglo-Saxon relics. This impressive collection includes remarkable pieces found at the burial sites of Sutton Hoo. You will appreciate the rare and special nature of these relics when your guide shares the story of how survived so many centuries and escaped the hands of grave robbers, making them an especially rare find.

The British Museum holds a collection, which narrates humanity’s history from its origins to today; there is almost no limit to what you may see on this Best of the British Museum Guided Tour.

Sites Visited

  • Inside British Museum

What is included?

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer 
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide  

What is not included?

  • Gratuities 
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off 
  • Food/Beverages  

Important Notes

  • This service ends at The British Museum around 12:00
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
  • Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated.
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
  • For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, a phone numer will be provided on your voucher
  • The guides will have a sign with the name of the tour at the meeting point for easy recognition.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour.
  • Everything will be done within the power of local operator to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.
  • The operator reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behavior is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or staff.

Meeting time and point

  • High Season 2016: meeting Time: 9:45 AM and departure Time: 10:00 AM (June 1st till Nov 9th)
  • Low Season 2016: meeting Time: 9:45 AM and departure Time: 10:00 AM (Nov 11th till March 31st 2017)
  • High Season 2017: meeting Time: 1:45 PM and departure Time: 2:00 PM (April 1st till Oct 31st)
  • Meeting point: In front of British Museum, all details will be provided on your voucher
  • Addtional informationn about about British Museum available here

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from Bakersfield
United States

Great guide!

Reviewed in October 2016 from Certified Customer (British Museum Best of Tour)

Great guide! Showed the highlights and was able to give additional insight into things we should follow or research!

from Canberra

Highlight of our trip

Reviewed in September 2016 from Certified Customer (British Museum Best of Tour)

Trudy was a wonderful guide who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made our visit to the British Museum a highlight of our trip!

from Canberra

Great tour guide

Reviewed in August 2016 from Certified Customer (British Museum Best of Tour)

It was our second tour with Alison and we were - as the first time - absolutely satisfied: great tour guide!

from San Diego
United States

Interesting and fun

Reviewed in August 2016 from Certified Customer (British Museum Best of Tour)

The British Museum is huge and crowded but Alison was able to direct us around the main sites in the time we had. She was always interesting and fun. A guided tour is the best way to view the British museum, you learn so much more.

from Portland
United States

Guidance and knowledge

Reviewed in August 2016 from Certified Customer (British Museum Best of Tour)

Our guide around the museum (Turid) was amazing. She was fun and enthusiastic and entertaining and efficient. We would never have been able to see so much in the museum without such guidance and knowledge. I wish I could see her guiding people around Stonehenge and other places! She deserves a medal.


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