Bag searches and large luggage: for everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry. Wheeled cases and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises. Storage for luggage is available at major rail stations, including Euston, King’s Cross and Charing Cross.

Tours and talks

Free tours and talks

Daily eye-opener tours 

Free 30-40 minute tours introducing different areas of the collection, throughout the day.

Lunchtime gallery talks 

Free 45 minute talks with guest speaker or curator, Tuesdays–Fridays at 13.15.

Friday evening spotlight tours 

Free 20 minute tours focussing on highlights by culture, every Friday evening.

Highlights tour 

90 minute tours of the collection, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, £12 per person.

Special early morning tour 

60 minute tours of Room 1 (Enlightenment) and Room 2 (Collecting the world) before the galleries open to the public, £30 per person (Price includes a British Museum souvenir guide book).

Object handling sessions

Object handling

Hands On desks 

Free, daily 11.00–16.00

A unique opportunity to handle objects from the Museum’s collection. Volunteers will help you and answer your questions.


Audio guide

Audio guides

Make the most of your visit 

Whether you have an hour or the whole day, the audio guide helps you make the most of your visit. Find out more about the Museum’s most popular objects or take a themed tour – it’s up to you. Available in 10 languages.

 

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Event highlights

Around the world in 90 minutes

Saturday 16 December, 11.30

Explore the British Museum's most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute tour. Discover…

Christmas with the London Philharmonic Choir - SOLD OUT

Saturday 16 December, 19.30

Go on a journey through the history of Christmas music, from the grandeur of the Tudor court through…

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Restaurant and cafés

Court Cafés and Pizzeria 

Freshly made café-style food and drinks.

Court Restaurant 

Fine dining overlooking the Great Court.

Shopping

Museum shops 

Buy books, souvenirs, family gifts and luxury products.

After your visit

Museum Mile 

Discover 12 other treasures on the Museum Mile, including the British Library, the Wellcome Collection, Sir John Soane's Museum and Foundling Museum.

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