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View of the Enlightenment gallery (Room 1).

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Tour information

Daily: 08.50–10.00 

Meeting point

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

Ticket information

Advance booking only £33 (Adults) £30 (Members) £30 (Concessions: students, jobseekers, disabled visitors) £16.50 (Ages 5–15 years) Free for under 5s and disabled visitors' assistant (no booking required)

For any queries on booking please email:  [email protected]

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 without the crowds.

Choose from:  An introduction to the British Museum An introduction to ancient Egypt Life and death in ancient Egypt An introduction to China An introduction to the ancient Greek world

In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but guests are welcome to wear them if they wish. The Museum maintains a robust cleaning schedule and hand sanitiser stations are available across the site.  Further information can be found in our FAQs section .

An introduction to the British Museum

Explore the oldest room in the Museum in this special guided tour before the galleries open to the public.

Uncover the origins of an extraordinary collection as you learn about the beginnings of the British Museum in 1753 and its subsequent development. The Enlightenment gallery ( Room 1 ) focuses on the 18th century, an era of new knowledge, scientific discovery and European colonialism. The Collecting the world gallery ( Room 2 ) focuses on the growth of the collection from the 18th century to the present day.

This tour provides a thought-provoking introduction to the Museum, which you're free to explore afterwards.

Galleries on this tour:

  • Room 1: Enlightenment gallery
  • Room 2: Collecting the world

An introduction to ancient Egypt

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 and the Gayer-Anderson Cat. 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: 

  • Room 4: Egyptian sculpture (Opens in new window)

Life and death in ancient Egypt

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 .

  • Room 61: Egyptian life and death: the tomb chapel of Nebamun (The Michael Cohen Gallery)
  • Rooms 62–63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies (The Roxie Walker Galleries)
  • Room 64: Early Egypt (The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery)

An introduction to China

Journey through the extraordinary cultures of China in this special guided tour before the Museum opens to the public.

In the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China ( Room 33 ), you will gain an insight into the development of Chinese history and culture from 5000 BC to the present day.

In a beautifully refurbished space which has recently re-opened, this introductory tour will give you a deep appreciation for the magnificent objects on display. Featuring spectacular Tang dynasty tomb figures buried around AD 728 and beautiful Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain.

Gallery on this tour:

  • Room 33: China ( Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery )

An introduction to the ancient Greek world

Embark on a guided journey through the ancient Greek world; from the rise of the Greek city states to the empire of Alexander the Great.

Enjoy some of the highlights of the Museum's exceptional collection, including sculptures from the Parthenon and Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Galleries on this tour:  

  • Room 12b: Greece: Mycenaeans  (The Arthur I Fleischman Gallery)
  • Room 15: Athens and Lycia
  • Room 18: Greece: Parthenon
  • Room 21: Mausoleum of Halikarnassos
  • Room 22: The World of Alexander

How many places are available on each tour?

Tours are limited to a maximum of 20 places per session (14 for Life and death in ancient Egypt). If you would like to bring a group of 10 or more people or arrange a special out-of-hours tour, please email [email protected] to discuss your options.

Can I bring wheeled cases and large items of luggage with me?

Wheeled cases and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises.

Will the cloakroom be open?

Cloakroom facilities are not available on these tours.

When does the tour start?

Each tour starts at 09.00 and lasts for one hour, including time at the end for you to take photographs.

Can I continue my Museum visit after the tour?

Once the tour ends your tour ticket enables access to the permanent collection.

Can groups now visit the Museum?

If you wish to bring a group of eight or more people or arrange a special out-of-hours tour, please email [email protected] to discuss your options.

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With a world-famous collection spanning 6000 years of human history and every corner of the globe, the British Museum can seem overwhelming – but not with our expert guides! They’ll lead you through a selection of carefully chosen exhibits to ensure you get the best out of your time at this one-of-a-kind museum.  

You’ll explore key highlights of the British Museum’s superb collection, learning all about ancient civilizations and forgotten tribes as you take in the Mummy of Katebet, the Parthenon Marbles, the Lewis Chessmen, beautiful Samurai armor, the ancient Rosetta Stone and so much more. After a few hours of fascinating insights and engaging tales from your guide, we hope you’ll leave inspired by the scope of human achievement contained within this museum’s hallowed halls.  

Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)

The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics

The Parthenon Marbles, created under the supervision of master architect and sculptor, Phidias

The Mummy of Katebet, the Chantress of Amun, who held the title “King of the Gods”

The Lewis Chessmen, a group of 12 th century game pieces carved out of ivory

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  • Child €9 Between 0 - 9 years of age

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Craig was great, my mom has a hard time with her hip and he let us go at our own pace.

Our guide, Becky, was very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. She offered to customize her tour to our preferences as we were a small group. I would highly recommend taking this tour, as it gave us a foundarion to further explore the more than 4 million pieces in the museum's collection. Many Thanks!!!

Angus Templeton was an great expert guide who gave us a fantastic highlight tour of the British Museum. His insights were great and his personality and enthusiasm made us right at home. Before leaving us he gave us wonderful ideas about how to tour the rest of the Museum on our own.

My guide was awesome. It was very much worth the money. I only had 1 day in London, and I wanted to see as much as possible. One could spend the entire day at the museum, and she made sure I saw the most important artifacts. I would highly recommend the private guided tour.

Angus is a terrific guide. Very knowledgeable and patient too. Loved the Museum.

Cathy is a terrific tour guide - we had two tours with her -- one at the British Museum and one at the National Gallery -- and learned a lot about the exhibits as well as the other works on display. I think this is a tour that is a must when in London.

Great experience! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable! He kept it fun and exciting...He knew which items to see, explained the historical significance and could answer all our questions! Our teenager loved it too! We really valued this experience... Would recommend this to anyone going to the British Museum!

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The British Museum was my favorite tour of this trip! Our Tour Guide, Becky was great - she was very knowledgeable and gave us the top objects to see, and added some i was interested in. I was so impressed with her ability to answer all our questions and have very even-sided discussions on the items that specific countries wanted back - would definitely book this tour again on our next trip - in two hours you can only see a very small part of this museum.

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Highly recommend the 2.5 hour private tour with Becky who has such passion for history, myth, art and artifacts - all of which can be found in the British museum with its massive collection. The three of us all appreciated the time to stop and ask questions. We covered Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Mayan periods. Becky is completing a masters in museum studies and a perfect guide.

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The British Museum is amazing and HUGE, and there are only so many tours of museums you can do in one trip right? This is not to be missed. We booked ahead of time for the 2 hour private guided tour. I remember thinking, maybe I should just go to the museum and get the audio tour. So glad we opted for this. The Tour Guide, Jake met us at 10:00 for a 2 hour private tour. Jake was extremely organized, took us on a great tour showing us several of the important exhibits in walking order, and pointed out things and highlights he thought interesting. The highlights were extremely interesting. But beyond that Jake had an educational background that made him the best guide for those exhibits AND he liked what he was doing. We were extremely pleased with the tour but the tour guide REALLY made it happen for us! Thanks Babylon for a great tour.

My husband and I had been to the British Museum a couple of times, but always felt a little overwhelmed and like there was a lot we were missing because there is so much to see. So, we decided to hire a private guide. Going through the museum with our guide turned out to be one of the highlights of our UK vacation. I highly recommend hiring a guide! We met up with our guide, Jake, outside the British Museum on Aug 27th. He was on time, friendly and instantly made us feel welcome. He was really knowledgeable about the museum and his passion about the history of the exhibits was obvious. As we moved through the exhibits and artifacts, Jake really made them come to life with his explanations, stories, and historical accounts. Thanks to Jake for making our day so special!

Our tour guide, Becky, was incredibly knowledgeable and adjusted the tour to fit our interests. The time flew by because she had such interesting insights on every major artifact. We'd visited the British Museum before but it was so much more meaningful with a great guide.

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  • In England’s fascinating capital city, visit the British Museum and see the best of what it has to offer with a dedicated personal tour guide just for you and your group. There is so much to see and learn here, and you’ll leave feeling fulfilled.
  • Relax as your guide leads you expertly through the seventy galleries at the museum - you’ll be shown the most interesting and exciting artifacts.
  • Tick off some of the museum and gallery highlights in just 2.5 hours without getting lost or spending time in areas you’re not interested in!

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What's included.

  • Expert, English-speaking private tour guide

Sites Visited

  • British Museum

In a private group, meet your expert tour guide and explore the British Museum on a guided tour that shows you the very best of what’s on display here. Walk through ancient Greece and marvel at Egyptian mummies; learn about the Rosetta Stone and admire some Anglo Saxon treasure.

Having a dedicated tour guide at your side throughout the tour means you can tailor your museum visit to your interests - spend more time in the areas that inspire you, and learn about the things you really want to know more about. Don’t be afraid to ask questions throughout, and by the time your 2.5 hours are done you’ll be feeling educated about history, art and more!

From the Elgin Marbles, originally built to honor the goddess Athena, to the huge Easter Island Head, there is so much to admire at the British Museum. Treasure, sculptures, ancient weapons, jewels, artwork and so much are on display to be discovered by you and your group as you traverse the halls of this incredible museum. Your guide will share anecdotes and facts are you explore, and keep you engaged with what you can see around you at every moment of the tour.

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Cancelation Policy

This tour is subject to a 24-hour cancelation policy. If you wish to cancel or amend your booking, you can do so without charge by contacting us up to 24 hours in advance of your expected departure time.

Yes, you are free to explore the British Museum once the tour has finished.

You should expect to receive an email within minutes of booking with your confirmation voucher.

A booking cannot be amended with less than 24 hours notice. Amendments made before this window are possible, but may incur a charge. Any bookings made within the 24 hour window are final and cannot be amended or subject to compensation.  This policy is valid across most of our tours, but is subject to some exceptions. In the case of a tour not being in line with this 24-hour amendment policy, you will find this information in the "Know Before You Go" section of the specific tour page. Tours cannot be amended/canceled with less than 24 hours notice. We are unable to provide compensation for cancelations with the 24 hour window prior to your tour departure, nor can tour dates or times be amended. Bookings made with the 24 hour window are final.

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The 5 Best British Museum Tours [2024 Reviews]

As the first national public museum of the world, the British Museum brings all kinds of cultures together with countless artifacts and historical accounts.

While there are plenty of incredible art museums in London, but if you’re a history buff like me, this is a can’t-miss! There’s a ton to see, however, so I highly recommend taking a proper tour to guide you through the most notable pieces.

I’ve carefully curated a guide to the 5 top tours of the British Museum out there, so you don’t have to worry about which ones are actually worth your time and money. Let’s jump right in!

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Best British Museum Guided Tours

Quick answer: the 5 best british museum private & guided tours for 2024.

  • The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour – Semi-Private 8ppl Max
  • Private Guided Tour of the British Museum
  • Kid-Friendly Private British Museum Highlights and Walk to Covent Garden London
  • The British Museum London – Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
  • British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour

British Museum Tour Reviews

1. the british museum london guided museum tour – semi-private 8ppl max.

  • Duration: 2.5 Hours
  • Departure: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
  • Departure Time: 10:00 AM, 1:30 & 5:00 PM
  • Includes:  Semi-private museum tour, no more than 8 participants, professional tour guide

London’s cultural landscape is like some type of treasure trove filled with intense history, art, and fascinating artifacts. The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour – Semi-Private 8ppl Max  experience is one of those top-tier tours that I wish I’d found out about earlier.

If you want an in-depth yet intriguing way to see the over 6,000 years of history under one roof, look no further!

The tour starts off by meeting the guide right outside the museum gates, where we instantly hit it off and were able to ask them any questions we had along the way.

They asked us about any specific interests we had, and as our group was limited to just 8 participants, it felt very intimate and fun. We then received a briefing of what to expect and the history of the museum, which really set the tone for a fascinating next few hours.

Our whole group was open to seeing pretty much anything and everything, so we started off by following our educated guide through the different rooms to see a wide array of impressive ancient and medieval exhibits.

The Rosetta Stone was so fascinating to me, especially because it essentially unlocked the ancient Egyptian world, from the language to their afterlife beliefs.

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I’m a huge fan of ancient Greek sculptures, so being able to see the Parthenon sculptures was something of a dream – we even learned how a massive gold and ivory image of Athena used to stand inside the Parthenon!

What was really cool was that we easily had the best guide in the place, who spoke to us more like longtime friends and relayed information about each artifact in a way that was easy to comprehend.

They never made us feel like we should have a certain level of knowledge, and while our group varied in education about certain subjects he spoke to all of us in a way that made sense.

Overall, this was a great tour that I’d recommend to anyone of any age or background who’d like to explore the British Museum in an effective way.

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  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Departure: Great Russell Street, London, UK
  • Departure Time: 10:00 AM, 2:00 & 5:00 PM
  • Includes: Licensed and insured guide, entrance ticket

I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely taken some boring museum tours throughout my life and don’t always look forward to them. Many times, I’ve just wandered through museums and hoped for the best by reading up beforehand on some of the sites I’m most interested in.

However, with tours like the Private Guided Tour of the British Museum , my mind was changed and I discovered that with the right guide the entire experience can be elevated.

Upon meeting our guide, I was instantly captivated by both her knowledge and skilled way of speaking while showcasing the best the museum has to offer.

Sometimes it just feels like you’re wandering around or the guide is making things up as they go, but that was not the case here. She was a true leader and clearly knew exactly what she was talking about and where to go, taking a seamless route that tied everything together, effortlessly.

Even though the artifacts from room to room vary wildly, she somehow weaved each piece of history together, relating the different civilizations and discoveries to the other.

It was a super cool way to see the museum and learn, especially as I am a big fan of world history!

I learned a ton of fun facts and larger concepts that I admittedly didn’t even know about prior to this tour, and I loved how she included plenty of lesser-known artifacts, too.

The museum is so massive, that it will not only save you time but frustration by going on a curated experience such as this tour, with a guide who has a ton of in-depth knowledge.

While the tour lasts only a few hours, it flew by even faster than expected thanks to the captivating stories regaled to our little group. While it is a bit more expensive, this is a small-group experience maxing out at 6 people, so it’s well worth it!

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3. kid-friendly private british museum highlights and walk to covent garden london.

  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Departure Time: 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
  • Includes: Local guide, Professional Blue Badge guide, Private Tour

While the British Museum may not be the first sight that pops into your head when planning a trip with kids in tow, it’s actually perfect for curious young minds.

If that sounds like what you’re looking for, the Kid-Friendly Private British Museum Highlights and Walk to Covent Garden London Tour  is just the ticket!

Lead by expert guides who clearly have a knack for teaching and keeping younger people intrigued, this interactive tour is tailored specifically for children aged 6 to 12 years old. However, that’s not to say that it’s not for people older than that, or the information isn’t accurate.

In fact, I had a fantastic time and felt like this was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a museum tour – as a child or as an adult!

The tour starts out with a warm welcome from your guide, who right off the bat created a space that made everyone feel comfortable enough to learn and ask any questions.

From Egyptian mummies and Greek sculptures to decoding hieroglyphics, this hands-on experience made these artifacts come to life.

As this is a private tour, you don’t have to worry about big groups and your guide will even help personalize the experience.

I know that moving through museums with kids can be a delicate manner, but our tour guide kept everyone so entertained that there wasn’t even a moment for them to think about “accidentally” touching something they weren’t supposed to or playing tag next to ancient artifacts.

They gave us a shortlist to the most popular sites, narrating each one with fascinating historical accounts in a way that younger kids can easily digest. If you’re looking to bring children to the British Museum, look no further, because this is the best tour of them all.

4. The British Museum London – Exclusive Guided Museum Tour

  • Departure Time: 10:00 AM, 1:30 and 5:00 PM
  • Includes:  Guided museum tour, tour guide

The British Museum holds around 8 million items – needless to say, you can spend quite a bit of time there if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

With The British Museum London – Exclusive Guided Museum Tour , you can rest easy knowing that your guide will create a custom itinerary designed around what you’re most interested in seeing!

These are the experts who know the museum like the back of their hand, maximizing your time in this absolute gem of an attraction.

Another huge pull for me with this tour was just how affordable it was for the sheer value received, making it one of those “biggest bang for your buck” experiences!

Lasting 2.5 hours, I wasn’t prepared for just how much I was able to see and learn about, at a pace that went smoothly and just made sense. This definitely isn’t one of those run-of-the-mill museum tours where the guide is just rattling off commonly known information!

We started out by meeting our guide right outside the museum gates, where they gave us a briefing on the history of the museum building and some of the most notable artifacts. We then got to head right inside, wasting no time to get to the best parts!

While the Rosetta Stone, mummies, and sculptures are absolute musts, I was surprised at the amount of amazing art!

Do not miss the drawings by Botticelli and Michelangelo, the Assyrian reliefs, the Lewis Chessmen, and much more! The tour consisting of carefully selected items was phenomenal, with our guide sharing tons of valuable, entertaining stories.

Our guide tailored our tour to lean a bit towards art as that’s one of my main interests, and I do recommend stopping by these exhibits! If you’re looking to gain a deeper understanding of what humans are capable of, let’s go!

5. British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour

  • Departure: 49 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3BA
  • Departure Time:  Varies
  • Includes:  Private expert guide, customizable tour

Are you looking for a tour that’s just a couple of hours long to try and fill your itinerary with a fun, entertaining tour experience?

If so, then check out the British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour  is completely customizable, so there’s no more dealing with monotonous tours that you didn’t sign up for!

Known as the “World’s Museum”, expect to see lots of big tourist attractions, along with plenty of “hidden” gems that most don’t get to see.

I met up with my guide right outside the museum, and while I chose to do a morning tour, there are tons of different start times available for added convenience. As it’s just a few hours long, I’d say it’s super easy to fit into even the busiest of itineraries!

Before we got started, he did ask me if I had any specific interests or preferences as to what we explore inside the museum, creating a customized schedule based on that.

I couldn’t believe how affordable this tour was when I realized that it was completely private, which ended up literally just being me and my guide.

It was like I had a best friend local to the area taking me around to all the sites I want to see while giving me a fun, intriguing narrative on each one. I was able to ask plenty of questions, and he answered each one with confidence which only enriched my experience further.

I felt that this tour was very comfortable with a pace that wasn’t too fast nor too slow, even taking breaks intermittently to rest and go for a coffee/pastry!

I can say with confidence that this guide knew just about everything in the museum, and on the private tour I felt comfortable asking anything that came to mind. I highly recommend this tour for anyone!

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The The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max is our Editors Choice for the best British Museum tour

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  • starrysky_vr 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Super National Gallery tour Super tour un italiano, bravissimo Damiano che ha saputo coinvolgere tutti e soprattutto i bambini (10,12 13 anni) rendendo l'esperienza indimenticabile! Cercavamo una guida che sapesse coinvolgere i bambini e farli appassionare all'arte ed è esattamente quello che è successo, grazie mille! Great tour with Damiano (Italian and English speaking guide) who was able to catch everyone attention (included 10-12-13 yo children), sharing with kids passion for art, and he fully succeded in, making an unforgettable experience for the whole family! Thank you! Read more Written April 28, 2024
  • petermed 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Efficient way to learn about the great works Damiano was outstanding. Great knowledge, great culture, and sense of humor. Wonderful way to see and enjoy the important works within the museum. If you want to get a bit more exposure to the museum, you might plan on morning tour, lunch and going back through to hit what might have been missed outside of the major works covered by the 2 hour tour. Read more Written April 3, 2024
  • nancybX7496IV 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great guide at natural history museum I would like to express my gratitude to the excellent guide Damiano, who showed us around the Historical Museum in London. He is very friendly and paid special attention to my son. He took the time to communicate on his level and that made my son feel involved. Moreover, Damiano is very knowledgeable and shared fascinating riddles and facts about things. Thanks to him we had a wonderful experience in the museum. Damiano is an absolutely recommended guide! Read more Written January 9, 2024
  • N9705VNsergel 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent for everybody ! Damiano is an excellent guide. He did a very interesting excursion around the National History museum. We asked Damiano to adapt the tour to our children and he managed to do that professionally - children laughed, listened to his stories carefully and recollected the tour all evening. A very friendly, positive and knowledgeable guide. I would definitely recommend him for everybody ! Read more Written January 6, 2024
  • oliviamA6657AA 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Dont miss it!!!! The tour was simply outstanding and exceeding my high expectations thanks to Damianos great knowledge of London and Harry Potter as well as his patience especially with talkaltive kids :-). Read more Written November 6, 2023
  • philipsM2048VX 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful day with Damiano I have been going on tours all over Europe for the past 2.5 years and Damiano is without a doubt the most friendly, passionate, and knowledgeable tour guide. Stop you’re scrolling on these reviews and go and book him now. Read more Written August 30, 2023
  • T4964ZMemilym 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great for families Damiano was a fantastic tour guide, who has an exquisite knowledge of London. He made this walking tour a really enjoyable experience. I’ve lived in London for several years, but wanted to take my young cousins on an exploration - and we all learnt something new!! We had a great time, and would highly recommend!! Read more Written August 30, 2023
  • elises654 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great day spent learning about london! Damiano is a fab guide. So knowledgeable about the history of the city and super flexible with timings for my partner and I while we were visiting. Would 100% recommend! Read more Written August 30, 2023
  • Rebeccah M 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful In Depth Guide Stefania was an amazing tour guide, she was able to distill the experience by taking us on a deep dive through some of the museum’s best pieces and explaining/showing us why they were important; the links and evolution of art, how it is reflective of the time it was made and also how it ties to art over all. There were many times I caught people around us straining to hear her presentation. Read more Written August 29, 2023
  • Guide597878 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Introduction to London Damiano was terrific! So knowledgeable, kind, easy to be with. A great introduction to London and a lot of fun! Can’t recommend enough! Read more Written August 26, 2023
  • allright9 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing guided tour One of the best tours I’ve taken. Or guide was amazing. Her time is to all the main points. Her was extremely accommodating our families needs as we had all different ages in or group. Would definitely recommend this tour! Read more Written July 12, 2023

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Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour

Set out on an unparalleled journey through time and heritage with a private tour of the British Museum. Dive into the enigmatic allure of the Rosetta Stone and the mystique surrounding ancient Egyptian mummies, all while enjoying the rich tapestry of British and international archaeology.

Led by seasoned guides, this exclusive experience offers a glimpse into the treasures that define our past and shape our present. But that’s just the beginning; there’s a hidden gem awaiting discovery that will undoubtedly leave you spellbound.

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Key Points

  • Uncover ancient languages with the Rosetta Stone.
  • Witness the preserved remains of Egyptian Mummies.
  • Engage in hands-on experiences with Interactive Activities .
  • Marvel at a vast collection of Historical Artifacts .

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Tour Overview

Set out on an immersive journey through the British Museum’s most iconic treasures with a private guided tour that delves into the depths of British and international culture, history , and archaeology.

Visitors can explore interactive exhibits that bring history to life, allowing for a hands-on experience that enhances learning. The tour also uncovers hidden treasures within the museum’s vast collection, offering insights into lesser-known artifacts that hold significant historical value.

From intricate artifacts to ancient relics, the British Museum’s private guided tour provides a unique opportunity to engage with history in a meaningful way.

Explore the rich tapestry of human civilization and uncover the secrets of the past through this captivating exploration of the museum’s renowned collections.

Key Highlights

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Key Highlights

Discover the captivating key highlights awaiting exploration within the British Museum, offering a glimpse into the treasures that define the essence of human civilization.

  • Rosetta Stone : Unravel the mystery of ancient languages with this iconic artifact.
  • Egyptian Mummies : Step back in time and witness the preserved remains of ancient Egyptians.
  • Interactive Activities : Engage in hands-on experiences that bring history to life in a unique way.
  • Historical Artifacts : Marvel at a vast collection of historical pieces from various cultures and time periods, each with its own intriguing story to tell.

These highlights promise to immerse visitors in a journey through time, showcasing the rich tapestry of human history and culture.

Practical Information

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Practical Information

For practical information regarding the private tour of the British Museum, visitors can find essential details on logistics, cancellation policies , pricing , and booking options outlined in this section.

The private guided tour offers visitors a unique and personalized visitor experience , focusing on iconic artifacts like the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies while delving into British and international culture, history, and archaeology. Accessibility options include wheelchair accessibility and proximity to public transportation for convenience.

The tour duration is 2 hours, with a 3-hour visit to the British Museum. Pricing starts from £176.69 and varies based on group size.

Cancellation policies allow for a full refund if canceled 24 hours in advance, with refunds for weather-dependent cancellations. Booking is made easy through Viator, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors.

Logistics Details

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Logistics Details

Navigating the logistics of the private tour at the British Museum provides visitors with essential information for a smooth and enriching experience. Here are some key details to consider:

Accessibility options

The British Museum is wheelchair accessible, ensuring all visitors can enjoy the tour comfortably.

Transportation recommendations

The museum is conveniently located near public transportation, making it easy to reach for visitors.

Confirmation received at booking

Moderate physical fitness level recommended

These logistics ensure that visitors can focus on seeing the incredible history and culture showcased at the British Museum without any unnecessary distractions.

Cancellation Policy

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy for the private tour at the British Museum allows for a full refund if canceled 24 hours in advance. This flexibility offers visitors peace of mind in case plans change.

For those needing to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, exploring alternatives such as rescheduling for another available time slot or transferring the booking to a friend or family member could be considered to make the most of the experience. It’s important to note that changes aren’t accepted less than 24 hours before the start time, so being prepared in advance is key.

In case of poor weather conditions, visitors can also explore options for refunds due to the weather-dependent nature of the experience.

Price and Booking

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Price and Booking

Upon booking the private tour at the British Museum, visitors can expect prices starting from £176.69, with variations based on group size.

  • Price options : Starting from £176.69
  • Group discounts available
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To provide the best value for different group sizes, the British Museum private tour offers competitive pricing structures. Group discounts are available, making it an ideal choice for families, friends , or educational institutions looking to explore the museum’s wonders without breaking the bank.

Viator, a trusted name in travel experiences, ensures a seamless booking process. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for any specific requirements or policies related to your booking.

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Common questions

Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Common questions

Is Photography Allowed Inside the British Museum During the Private Tour?

Photography rules during the private tour at the British Museum allow capturing memories. Tour etiquette encourages respectful photography. Visitors can snap photos but should be mindful of others. Enjoy the journey through history with your camera!

Are There Any Specific Restrictions on Touching or Interacting With the Artifacts During the Tour?

During the private tour at the British Museum, visitors must refrain from touching artifacts to ensure their preservation. The guide will provide insights on artifact handling protocols, enhancing the tour dynamics while maintaining respect for the exhibits.

Can Visitors Bring Food or Drinks Into the British Museum During the Tour?

Visitors cannot bring food or drinks into the British Museum during the tour. This policy supports the preservation and protection of the artifacts on display. The museum provides designated areas for dining and refreshments to ensure a pleasant experience.

Are There Any Age Restrictions for Participants on the Private Tour of the British Museum?

Age restrictions do not apply to participants on the private tour of the British Museum. The tour lasts 2 hours, offering an engaging exploration of cultural treasures. It welcomes all ages to discover history and archaeology.

Is There a Dress Code or Specific Attire Recommended for the Private Tour of the British Museum?

Proper attire is key for the British Museum private tour. Visitors should dress comfortably and respect cultural sensitivities. Wearing layers is advisable, as the museum can be cool. Opt for modest clothing out of respect for the diverse exhibits.

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Explore the Highlights of the British Museum: Private Tour - Last Words

Experience the wonders of the British Museum like never before with this private guided tour. From the iconic Rosetta Stone to ancient Egyptian artifacts, this 2-hour journey will leave you enlightened and captivated.

With wheelchair accessibility and easy access to public transportation, this tour caters to all visitors. Book with Viator for a seamless experience and flexible cancellation policy.

Uncover the treasures of the past and present on this exclusive tour of the British Museum.

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