Travel trade

Experience the UK's most popular visitor attraction with a private out-of-hours tour.

Whether your group wishes to navigate the history of China, or walk in the footsteps of pharaohs, one of the finest collections dedicated to history, art and culture in existence will be all yours for the duration of the tour.

With so much to discover, your group is guaranteed an unforgettable experience, with memories to last a lifetime.

To book, or to find out more, please email us at


Choose your tour

Private access for your group only

Tours currently available:

  • - An introduction to the British Museum
  • - An introduction to Egyptian Sculpture
  • - An introduction to China and South Asia

  • - An introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife
  • - An introduction to Japan
  • - An introduction to the Ancient Greeks
  • - An introduction to the Ancient Rome

Guiding options

Bring your own guide

Groups can bring their own guide for any of our out-of-hours tours. This is recommended for groups that would benefit from a tour in a language other than English. It also offers greater flexibility in terms of tour content, group size and availability. We can accept up to 150 guests on these tours. A member of the Visitor Services team will accompany your group throughout.

British Museum volunteer guide

Our volunteer-led tours last one hour and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Tours in English are led by our official volunteer guides, who have extensive knowledge about this magnificent collection.


Make your group’s experience even more memorable with breakfast under the Museum's iconic glass roof.

Choose from an English breakfast or a selection of pastries, or speak to us about how we can tailor a menu suited to your groups's needs.

Should your group wish to extend their visit, lunch options are available from 11am.

To book or to find out more, please enquire when arranging your tour.

Download a sample breakfast menu 

Download our brochure

To find out more about these tours, download our Travel Trade Private Tours brochure 2019

Getting here

Entry to the Museum for private tours is via our main gate on Great Russell Street.

Public transport

The Museum is easily accessible by public transport. Please see the getting here page for more details.

Coach parking

Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking on Montague Place.

Disabled parking

A limited number of parking spaces may be booked for disabled visitors. Please visit our access page for more information.

Book today

We charge a minimum of £360 for up to 12 people. Additional guests will be charged £30 each.

Our team will be of assistance throughout your booking, from initial enquiries to the tour itself.

We recommend that bookings are made at the earliest opportunity. All tours are subject to availability.

Planning your visit

Here are a few things we think group organisers should know before visiting.

Please arrive at the main gates on Great Russell Street 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. Have your booking confirmation ready and show it to a member of museum staff at the gate upon arrival.

Please note that wheeled cases and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises.

Cloakroom facilities are not available on these tours.

Terms and conditions

Please note, as a working museum, tours are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation.

Some rooms or objects may not be available on all tours.

Download the Terms and Conditions

Contact us

For further information, to make an enquiry or to book, please contact