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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World

The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World
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Dig deeper into ancient history on a guided group tour of the British Museum. The world-renowned institution can be overwhelming to navigate on your own. But with your dynamic guide leading the way to the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Holy Thorn Reliquary, you’re able to sit back and enjoy the historical ride. Along the way, enjoy immersive commentary that goes beyond guidebook for an insider’s perspective.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Treat yourself to an enriching museum experience
  • Get an overview of the most noteworthy pieces
  • Orient yourself to the museum for future exploring
  • Interact with your guide and ask questions
What to expect
  • Your tour begins at 2pm by the King Edward entrance of the British Museum, located on Montague Place. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour to allow time to pass through the bag check area. Once inside the museum’s lofty atrium, you’ll follow the progress of civilisation through a variety of eclectic artefacts. Highlights you’ll visit include the Rosetta Stone, heralded as the beginning of language itself, a two-headed Aztec serpent, the Lewis chessmen, a mechanical solar system, the Parthenon sculptures, a statue of Ramesses II, and the Holy Thorn Reliquary. Through the tour, your guide provides fascinating historical context that covers everything from the destructive nature of germs, the origin of money, notorious kings and rulers, and how agriculture transformed the world. Midway through the tour, you’ll have the chance to purchase refreshments and snacks from the museum’s cafe. After 2.5 hours, bid your guide farewell at the museum, opting to continue exploring if you so desire.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Treat yourself to an enriching museum experience
  • Get an overview of the most noteworthy pieces
  • Orient yourself to the museum for future exploring
  • Interact with your guide and ask questions
What to expect
  • Your tour begins at 2pm by the King Edward entrance of the British Museum, located on Montague Place. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour to allow time to pass through the bag check area. Once inside the museum’s lofty atrium, you’ll follow the progress of civilisation through a variety of eclectic artefacts. Highlights you’ll visit include the Rosetta Stone, heralded as the beginning of language itself, a two-headed Aztec serpent, the Lewis chessmen, a mechanical solar system, the Parthenon sculptures, a statue of Ramesses II, and the Holy Thorn Reliquary. Through the tour, your guide provides fascinating historical context that covers everything from the destructive nature of germs, the origin of money, notorious kings and rulers, and how agriculture transformed the world. Midway through the tour, you’ll have the chance to purchase refreshments and snacks from the museum’s cafe. After 2.5 hours, bid your guide farewell at the museum, opting to continue exploring if you so desire.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 13255P5
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Montague Place, Montague Pl, London WC1E, UK You will see the guide waiting outside the King Edward entrance (by the lion statues) with an orange umbrella. Please proceed through the bag check area to meet the guide. We recommend that you arrive at least ten minutes early to allow time to pass through the security check.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Montague Place, Montague Pl, London WC1E, UK You will see the guide waiting outside the King Edward entrance (by the lion statues) with an orange umbrella. Please proceed through the bag check area to meet the guide. We recommend that you arrive at least ten minutes early to allow time to pass through the security check.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Montague Place
    Montague Pl, London WC1E, UK
    You will see the guide waiting outside the King Edward entrance (by the lion statues) with an orange umbrella. Please proceed through the bag check area to meet the guide. We recommend that you arrive at least ten minutes early to allow time to pass through the security check.
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  • Pass by
    The British Museum
    Undiscovered London
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Kayla M
1 contribution
Highly enjoyable
Mar 2020
A very enjoyable and informative way to see the museum. You learn about parts of the history of the world that you didn’t even know existed. I highly recommend this tour!
Written 19 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mili H
2 contributions
British Museum tour - Marica
Jan 2020 • Family
The British Museum was extremely interesting and did not disappoint. We had booked a guided tour for a Saturday morning, meeting around the back outside lions statue and to our surprise it was only our family who booked, a private tour all to us! Our tour guide Marcia Monti was fascinating, passionate and attentive. Would highly recommend her for any tour! She knew everything about the museum and you could tell she was extremely spirited for history and it’s importance. Not only was the museum incredible but also our guide, Thankyou Marcia!
Written 26 January 2020
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orangecountypig
Riverside, CA33 contributions
Good
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our guide was very knowledgeable. Just wished we moved a little faster to cover more ground. We probably covered less than 10% of the museum. I'm impressed by his history knowledge though.
Written 18 January 2020
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Praveena
Kuantan, Malaysia2 contributions
Informative 👍🏼
My family joined a small group tour of the British Museum on December 28th and our tour guide Sam was really good and informative.
Written 6 January 2020
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Samantha H
7 contributions
Best Way to See the British Museum
Jan 2020
Our guide Sam spent a considerable amount of time thinking through how to build a narrative that connected the highlights of the museum. He was adept at getting us through the crowded spaces and making us all a bit smarter. A rare mix of skills. Highly recommend this tour, don't make a first visit to the museum without this company!
Written 6 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pamela O
4 contributions
An Amazing Overview!
Dec 2019
My daughter and I took the small group tour of the British Museum on December 28th. Sam was our tour guide and he did a fantastic job of showing us some of the highlights of the museum's brilliant collection. The museum was mobbed the day we were there so we truly needed the assistance moving around the museum to the different treasures. I was also moved by the way Sam connected all the ancient artifacts we saw to provide some perspective on today's world. Well done. I would highly recommend this tour and tour guide! Thank you, Sam.
Written 5 January 2020
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Grace M
1 contribution
Unique View that Highlights the Museum Treasures!
Dec 2019 • Family
10/10 recommend if you want to get the most out of your visit! We would have been overwhelmed by the multitude of things to look at by ourselves and were extremely grateful we did this tour. It’s a great way to get an overarching view of the massive British Museum in 2 1/2 hours. Our tour guide was Sam, he did a great job of focusing on the ways that the many exhibits in the museum tie together through human history. He was well-versed on the pieces he talked about and gave great tips on how to get the most out of our visit!
Written 27 December 2019
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SamSam1011
HK1 contribution
Fantastic tour
Dec 2019 • Solo
Our guide was very responsible. It was raining day and he was by the gathering point 10min earlier to check ppl in. Very informative tour, learned a lot from our guide. This tour gives you a bigger picture of the history, with interesting facts and anecdotes. You won’t notice the 2hrs go by. Also easier for you to get to some of the must see exhibits. Highly recommend.
Written 20 December 2019
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MrNomad
1 contribution
Extraordinary explanation
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited first time with guide rossa who studied archeology and he explained fluently the evolution of human history. It was very good experience. Thanks rossa!
Written 27 November 2019
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MslaGran
Missoula, MT23 contributions
Outstanding Tour!
Oct 2019
We had an excellent experience of our tour with Sam through the British Museum in a way that made historical and art sense and gave us a comprehensive perspective on the museum's contents, within a limited time span and within a limited capacity to see all that that incredible museum has to offer! If you have one shot at visiting the museum, we highly recommend you do it in this way. Sam's presentation was dynamic, eloquent, and, again, comprehensive, we felt, in the time allowed. We recommend this without qualification.
Written 26 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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