Enlightenment Gallery

Out-of-hours tours

Tour information

Time

Daily: 08.50–10.00 

Meeting point

Main entrance – Great Russell Street (WC1B 3DG)
Please bring your email confirmation.

Ticket information

Advance booking only
Adults: £33
Children aged 5–15 years: £16.50 (Must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Under 5s free (no booking required)
Members: £30
Concessions (students, jobseekers, disabled visitors): £30
Disabled visitors' assistant: free (no booking required)

For any queries on booking please email: tickets@britishmuseum.org

Experience the highlights of the collection in private with our volunteer-led out-of-hours tours.

Whether you want to navigate the history of the ancient Greeks or walk in the footsteps of pharaohs, immerse yourself in humanity's greatest civilisations before public access.

Choose from: 
An introduction to the British Museum
An introduction to ancient Egypt
Life and death in ancient Egypt
An introduction to ancient Greece

Important information to keep everyone safe:

  • In accordance with current government regulations, everyone (except under 11s) must wear a face mask unless they are exempt. This includes visitors and the tour guide.
  • If you or anyone you live with is displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, has tested positively for COVID-19, has been asked to isolate as part of the government’s track and trace system, or needs to isolate in accordance with any other government guidance, you should not attend the tour.
  • Under the UK government’s NHS Test and Trace scheme, every visitor aged 16 and over is required to provide their contact details to the Museum for Test and Trace purposes. This will be done as part of the booking process. 
  • In accordance with current government regulations, if you are booking multiple tickets, these must be limited to groups of no more than six people or two households.
  • Social distancing will be observed on the tour.
  • Please note that all measures are subject to change in accordance with government guidelines and Museum regulations.
  • Further information can be found in our FAQs section.

An introduction to the British Museum

Dates to be announced shortly

Explore the oldest space in the Museum and discover the history of the collection in this special guided tour, before the galleries open to the public.

In Room 1 (Enlightenment) and Room 2 (Collecting the world), you can learn how the world was understood by Europeans in the 18th century. You can also trace the beginnings of the British Museum and the development of the extraordinary collection. This tour provides a wonderful introduction to the Museum before you explore other galleries in the Museum after the tour.

Galleries on this tour:

An introduction to ancient Egypt

Dates to be announced shortly

Enjoy exploring one of the most iconic spaces in the Museum and discover the fascinating history of ancient Egypt in this special guided tour, before the galleries open to the public.

In the Egyptian sculpture gallery (Room 4), you can see impressive statues of kings and gods, monumental tomb architecture and ancient tomb reliefs spanning 3,000 years. These include the imposing, colossal bust of Ramesses II, the Gayer-Anderson Cat and the world-famous Rosetta Stone – the key to deciphering hieroglyphs. You can learn the importance of large-scale sculpture in ancient Egyptian temples and tombs, and get the perfect introduction to this unmissable collection.

Gallery on this tour: 

Life and death in ancient Egypt

Dates to be announced shortly

Discover how people lived and died in ancient Egypt, and explore their hopes and aspirations for the afterlife. 
 
From painted coffins, statues and models of daily life to spectacular wall paintings from the tomb-chapel of the high official Nebamun, investigate what tombs and burial goods tell us about the lives of ancient Egyptian people. The tour will explore the preparation of the deceased for burial, including mummification, and the use of magic to help and protect people on their perilous journey to the afterlife. 

This tour visits displays that include human remains. The British Museum is committed to curating human remains with care, respect and dignity. Find out more about our principles governing the holding, display and study of human remains.

Galleries on this tour:

An introduction to ancient Greece

Dates to be announced shortly

Embark on a guided journey through ancient Greece exploring some of the extraordinary highlights of the Museum's exceptional collection. Uncover fascinating finds from this ancient civilisation, including spectacular painted Mycenaean and Greek pottery, bronze armour and iconic works from across the Mediterranean. You'll see iconic sculptures from the Parthenon and splendid tombs from ancient Lycia in modern Turkey.

Galleries on this tour: 

FAQs