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The British Museum Reading Room, situated in the centre of the Great Court of the British Museum, used to be the main reading room of the British Library. In 1997, this function moved to the new British Library building at St Pancras, London, but the Reading Room remains in its original form at the British Museum.
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One of the most amazing museums I have been to! They have so many incredible treasures - the Rosetta Stone, ancient Egyptian statues & mummies, Assyrian sculpture, the Parthenon friezes, and tons of other stuff we didn't have time to see. You can spend days there and not see it all. But there is a helpful 1-hour and 3-hour tour of the highlights on the museum's website that ends up being like a treasure hunt that takes you through most of the rooms. There's also an activity for children and families to do together. And it's all free! Incredible.
The best of the best. First came here in my teens and have been dropping-in ever since. All of humanity is here - history, culture, and treasure. Free but donations are encouraged. Far too big to take in all at once. Choose your interest or simply wander from section to section. Access is easy. You are allowed to take pictures.
Interesting for everyone who is willing to do some cultural sight seeing. It’s free and it’s impressive. You get to see the chance of not seeing one but two!!! dead bodies and more than one mummy. Different continents and countries represented gives you a great tour of history around the world. Takes some time to take a glimpse of everything so be aware of you spending there at least 2 hours of looking at everything. But it’s worth a visit!
A British museum at its best. You could come here regularly and always find new stuff to explore. Best to decide on a couple of things and just stick to them. Temporary exhibitions are expensive but usually very imaginatively done. Good choices inside the museum for refreshments and meals. If you are thinking of going regularly then think about becoming a member; there are lots of benefits.
One of the very best museums in the world - absolutely fantastic! Always striving for excellence - putting a roof over the Great Court was a master stroke. The permanent collection is great. The special exhibitions are uniformly brilliant - you always learn something and, without being preached to, you come away with a greater understanding of what it is to be human. Couple of tips. Don't go on a rainy afternoon in the Summer unless you're happy to jostle with the very many other people who think that's a good time to go. Also, there's a small gallery on the upper floor (Room 90) where they show Art exhibitions, often drawing on their superb collection of Prints and Drawings - and amazingly, it's free. So in a nutshell - the British Museum is superb! Go and enjoy!
Our time in the British Museum was absolutely captivating. We just got lost in time, looking at all the different periods in history and amazing sculptures that have been collected and all brought under the same roof. You can be inspired to learn so much about history, and generally look at life in a different way. Especially when you see how strong personalities from the past have had a great influence on how we behave today. The Museum itself is an outstanding building, with coffee shops, snack bars, and good toilet facilities. I would highly recommend a couple of Visits, and to try and have a tour, for there are many different tour's you can in list in, And different languages.
Arguably the largest museum on planet earth, this museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and show pieces. Located centrally , the museum is easily accessible by bus, tube or taxi. The grand hall or arena is breath taking and HUGE. The best part of the museum is most of the galleries - nearly 90% are free, the seasonal and special galleries are charged. There are countless 'have to see' exhibits , again they help here with a leaflet of most famous pieces with their significance and location. One of my visits - i just covered those, but in my opinion it is not fair and i would recommend multiple visits if you cannot cover all of it at one go- almost impossible I think. The most famous exhibits in my opinion is the original Rosetta stone and some roman sculpture and royal ornaments. Do not miss the Egyptian and African Art exhibits. Love the cafe and the shop as well.
Maybe the best museum in the world. Fantastic range of exhibits from all ages and free entry. The British Museum is located in the Bloomsbury area of London and is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of over 8 million items is among the largest and most comprehensive in anywhere and comes from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present day. The Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. Really a must if you are visiting London and even if you are a local.
Love this museum! Went with my daughter's school class after several years and really found it enjoyable. Even the building is breathtaking with the glass ceiling and library in the centre of the main foyer. Entrance is free but of course any special or unique exhibitions are fee entry but worth it. The exhibits are fascinating and worth spending an entire day here to take it all in.
One of the top if not the top museums in the world. Many one of kind displays and free to visit. There is some controversy in some of the displays as many of the items were removed without permission or questionable permission. Those same exhibits are some of the best though with Egyptian mummies and Greek sculptures. The underground will get you within a short 5 minute walk and signage clearly marks the way.
An extraordinary museum with many exhibits from all over the world. It's worth visiting to see some of the unwritten history of our world.There is so much to be seen as worth a day's life for the visit. The ENTRANCE is FREE, but the entrance program must be checked. On some days it can be crowded at the entrance but also inside the museum. There are also some food and beverage points for those interested. And souvenir shops are fabulous. Is a magnificent museum.
One of the best museum's in the world . The displays are aesthetically pleasing and educational enriching. I have been over 30 times taking friends and family each time and have found new areas to visit and explore. The free entrance sections is a rewarding experience but the events are amazing are well worth the admission. The fact there is a free section donations help keep it that way but up to you on giving what you can afford. Only irony is the museum is not very British in essence but has a feel of what a museum should look like .
One of the best museums I visited in my life. Covers every bit of history in the world. Amazing architecture. Some interactive booths were in place where you can even touch some antiques like ancient currencies. Of course the security check was not pleasant but it was light and very fast. The entry is completely free of charge but you can donate at the entrance. I would totally recommend it.
The amount of history stored in one enormous building is mind blowing!! Study up or bring a time line of world history when you come...as you go through each room of treasures mark your time line and take pictures. When you're finished combine the two and you have an amazing souvenir of your visit. There is a cafe here and free toilets, so you can make a day of it. The gift shop is full of all sorts of unique and amazing treasures with the nicest multi-lingual cashiers.
World class museum. Filled with incredible objects taken from other countries before they knew what they had! But it's all been well taken care of. Recommended. Never see it in several days. Picking out the best bits and made a plan. Started with the Rosetta Stone!
Amazing historical pieces -- from Egyptian mummies, Greek sculpture and the Rosetta Stone, to Edwardian furniture -- and all for free! Housed within a beautiful building with famous converted courtyard, the British Museum's collection is definitely worth a visit. Allow plenty of time, however, as seeing everything takes at least two to three hours. There are security checks here, so please be aware. Nothing to worry about, however. There is a luggage hold here and for a small charge you can store your luggage in the area, provided that it's below the 10kg weight limit. Highly recommended!
All sections of the museum were fascinating. Particularly enjoyed Chinese and Maori history. Can easily spend a few hours here. Easy to get to from a number of stations. An experience not to forget and a place I will return to in the future. Perhaps a touch busy when I went. Would have liked more of a collection on Maori history as what they did have was very interesting.
Amazing place with beautiful exhibitions and gardens. Staff is friendly and helpful around bookshops, restaurants and exhibitions making the visit even better. Despite the fact that it is crowded it remains really clean (the toilets as well) and everyone can enjoy the visit. Nice variety of food and drinks. The signs and maps are helpful and it is quite easy to navigate despite the many different rooms and floors.
I would go British Museum every couple of years. I really like Foster’s courtyard and renovation work done in 2000. This visit, I could see how the canopy was cleaned. There are many maintenance works which usually done without notice if visitors. Salute to those contribute quietly behind the scene. Customer services such as provision of portable chairs, signage, catering etc are very good.