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British Museum, London
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Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
44 (0)20 7323 8299
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British Museum, London

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The British Museum is one of the world's top museums and a must see in London. This monument to human civilization, founded in 1753 on a bequest from Sir Hans Sloane, spans over 2 million years of human history and is home to more than 8 million objects from around the globe. View artifacts and antiquities. Follow the rise and fall of ancient cultures. Journey round the world. Travel through time. The British Museum is divided in time and space - Africa, Americas, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Europe and Middle East - as well as themes - Enlightenment, Living and Dying, Clocks and Watches, and Money. Kids favorites include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and rock crystal skull. The gallery on Living and Dying is a big hit with children as it includes objects from various cultures.
Getting There
The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street in the area of London known as Bloomsbury. A secondary entrance is found on Montague Place. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street. Buses 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 73, 91, 98, 134, 168, 188, 242, and 390 stop near the museum. Not all open-top tour buses stop in the vicinity. The museum is in the congestion charging zone. Parking is extremely limited.
Hours & Times
The British Museum is open daily 10:00 - 17:30. Select galleries are open until 20:30 on Thursday and Friday. Closed January 1 and December 24, 25, and 26. Gallery talks and tours are offered daily. Special events, such as performances and family activities, are regularly scheduled. Of note, the museum is crowded on weekends and during UK school holidays. Midweek is the best time to visit.
Admission & Fees
Entrance is free of charge. A ticket is required for most special exhibits and some special events. A fee is charged for audio guides. A reduced rate is available for students aged 13 -18 and children under 12. A deposit is required for children's activity backpacks.
Things to Keep in Mind
A visit to the British Museum can be exhausting, boring or wholly rewarding. Taylor a tour to the age and interest of the kids. Relate a museum visit to what's being learned in school. Focus on highlights rather than an entire exhibit. Engage kids in one or more family activity. Pick up an age-based children's activity pack (deposit required) or trail booklet at the Paul Hamlyn Library and set out on a mission of discovery. Stop at a hands-on desk and let the kids touch. Take part in a family activity or listen to a gallery talk. Rent audio guides. Children's audio guides are ideal for kids aged 5-10 and are designed to make learning fun.
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