I was beyond amazed and impressed by their collection! I'd heard so much about the British Museum when I took Art History in college. I knew their collection of arts was incredible because so many well known artifacts, sculptures, and various art pieces located in this museum!
When I arrived to the museum, I didn't even know where to start, but I managed to find my way to the Asian areas, such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. I was awed by the layout and presentation because the chronological and historical order of the pieces was placed in such a way that narrates an intriguing and colorful story of the Japanese culture and warriors. I've been to several famous museums, such as the MET and Lourve, but each has its own distinct characteristics and vibe.
I enjoyed the lighting of the room in the Chinese area, because the dim lighting gives the audience a very serene and calm feeling while observing the calligraphy and scenic paintings of mountains and nature.
The museum is HUGE and has one of the biggest collections, so if you want to see a lot of things, come here early, and spend the day!!
Plus, it's FREE!! but donations are recommended!
4 stars because its free admission and the museum is HUGE. 3 stars for the crowd, it was packed!
We showed up during peak time, which was around 1:30PM in August. There was a huge line outside the museum gate (to monitor the crowd), but since there wasn't any real security process, the line, err queue as how the Europeans say it, went incredibly fast. Some exhibitions were more packed than others. We only wanted to see the Rosetta Stone, so we wandered aimlessly to random rooms where there wasn't too much of a crowd, nothing worth remembering in my opinion (I am not a museum person).
There were so many people, I don't know how they manage the upkeep of the museum. I saw children and careless adults touching the displays without any security around. The Rosetta Stone had a ton of people around it, but the stone was so huge, you can view it from almost any angle.
In general, this museum seems like a museum for all cultures and history, not just for British history. Warning, try to avoid eating around this area (aka tourist traps). They're expensive and not that great. Pack your own foods,eat elsewhere worth trying, because even the museum had cheaper foods inside. We ate at a fish and chips nearby and it costed nearly 15 euros per person for a mediocre meal. A sandwich at the museum was less than half that price.
Beautiful museum near "Korea town" lol. All the good korean restaurants are in this area. Just a note lol.
But as for the museum, its beautiful and free. I love the asian- especially the Chinese jade area lol. They are having a asian showcase soon and I wish I could go sooo badly but nonetheless, what I did get to see was beautiful. The middle of the museum is beautiful, the Egyptian part was very intriguing, the ancient greece area that they refuse to give back lol. Def a great place to visit, and hey, ITS FREE! lol.
Def another must see free museum in London. And if your asian, go find some korean food nearby lol.
An great day out and well worth a visit. For me the must see is the Rock Crystal Skull in the rear of the museum. It's confirmed to be man-made but it's awesome!
One thing I love about London, is there are so many free things to do. This is one of them.
After years of travelling and a million museums, I rarely visit them any more. For the past few years I've been going through a museum detox and only visit the utmost important one once in my life.
But since I've been here on more than one occasion means the British Museum houses interesting things.
Quit reading this and just go.
I'm not exactly the biggest museum fan, but if I were going back to London and could only visit one place, it would be the British Museum. If I could only visit two places in London, it would be to visit the British Museum twice. It's that amazing (mostly as a result of early British colonies and explorers).
Probably best to break up your visit across two or three days... there is only so much that you can digest before your brain overflows.
Beautifully renovated, so spacious with so many interesting artefacts! Very classic and focused on the history...
I went to see the Viking exhibition, which was super busy and was so beautifully curated! To be fair, I love the vikings, but this thing really gave you such a great overview how things looked like.. I assume the standard is so high at all of the other temporary exhibitions..
You can easily spend a whole day here, but watch out, your legs are going to be tired after.
If you are looking for a lot of English or British history, this museum might not be the best place. If you're interested in the history and culture of the world, this is a great place.
What a grand, historic and majestic museum!
This is the biggest museum that I have ever been to, I must say!
I loved the well preserved Greek statues and the Egyptian artifacts! I couldn't get enough of those two sections! There are other areas to visit as well, such as Asia, Africa and so forth!
You can spend all day here roaming around!
You must visit this Museum in the UK if you haven't been before!
What can you say about the british!? A classic, it's as good as it claims to be, the only useful thing to do could be giving a couple of advises:
- Don't try to visit it in one day. Have you ever been to Louvre? well, here is the same: in one day you'll just end up touring around like mad people looking for THE thing, which is kind of stupid as most of the objects in the exhibition halls can be THAT. If you have only one day to spend here, or even less one afternoon (remember, it closes early), just focus on what you want to see, Parthenon marbles, asian collection, arabian world, one of the temporary exhibition (awesome BTW) and just go to look at these, stop. Don't rush, you will end up in becoming a bulimic tourist who can't keep inside him anything he experienced.
PS: on friday it's open till 20:30, an awesome pre dinner!
Wow what a great museum ! In fact, this has got to be my favorite museum this side of the world. It doesn't hurt that most of the larger museums in London ARE free of charge to the public, only asking for donations as desired.
Love the way this museum is laid out as much as the exhibits here. If you have limited time in London, do yourself a favor...skip the London Eye, skip the other museums...go straight to the British Museum (then catch a show in the evening. :) !!
Amazing museum and exhibition space. The permanent collection is beautiful and the exhibitions are generally very impressive
Came here today at 10 am. No admission, but a donation is highly recommended. How wonderful that you can come into a museum and there is no outrageous admission fee! The US needs to adopt such a concept so museums are easily accessible to everyone.
I really wanted to see "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai but it was not on display for the time being =( Nonetheless, we ended up seeing most of the permanent display and bought a ticket to see the special exhibit of Egyptian mummies. The special exhibit was awesome b/c they had CT scans of the mummies on display with great video and informational postings. I would highly recommend this exhibit if you are interested in Egyptian history.
The highlight of my visit was seeing THE ROSETTA STONE!!!!! Amazing and its a part of their permanent collection so its free to see anytime you are in London.
Amazing place with stunning visual appeal from the moment you enter. We only had two hours to explore, so we focused our attention on important pieces, such as the Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles. Like many major museums, much controversy surrounds how they acquired these ancient artifacts and whether they should be returned to their home countries. Sure, it is a bit of a shame that they will probably never be returned to Egypt and Greece, but one could argue that they are in a safe place where many millions of people can see and enjoy them.
Note: Admission is free, but donations are definitely in order for such a remarkable place.
Who doesn't love a grand museum with artifacts from around the world? Who also doesn't love a free museum? If you're going to go to any museum in the UK, this is place to go.
If you want to read every single word on every exhibit here, it would definitely take a whole day to peruse everything. If you just want to see highlights, which they point out on the map, then it'll take you about an hour or so. At first glance inside the building, you'll probably comment how massive it is inside. Albeit, the floor plan is not too hard to navigate and map out in your head once you've roamed around for a bit.
I think the coolest thing in here is the Rosetta Stone. Hopefully you can get a good picture of it without 50 other tourists in the photo. There are a lot of other interesting exhibits though so just grab a map and figure out your battle plan.
There are a lot of pubs/restaurants just outside of the museum so if you're hungry/thirsty then you're in luck.
This is a must-visit attraction in London, UK.
Put this on your list of London must sees! It is a fantastic museum with plenty of works of art, artefacts that you won't find anywhere else! I'm sorry we weren't able to go again on our trip, but will definitely be back. If you're looking for a nice walk, get off at Leicester Square station and walk to the museum. The best way to experience a city is always on foot (just wear comfortable shoes!).
There are so many awesome free museums in London!
We spent four or so hours here on the last day of our trip. I probably could have spent the entire time in the Enlightenment Gallery, a huge library with cases full of old books and artifacts from around the world. The Living and Dying Gallery was also very interesting, especially the display which showed how many pharmaceuticals the average Briton takes over the course of their life.
It certainly was crowded, though the only place that it was unbearably so was in the room with the mummies, partially because the aisles there are very narrow. The case with the Rosetta Stone had lots of people milling about, but within a couple of minutes we were able to get up close.
We managed to make it through most of the galleries in our few hours, but definitely could have spent more time here.
Much more than the Rosetta Stone. The British Museum is a bunch of Asian tourists taking selfies with their selfie sticks. It also stores a bunch of loot stolen over the years by the Brits through the year. Perhaps best of all it's free. Once it opens the worst of humanity goes on display with the elderly elbowing youngens running around them "to read" the Rosetta Stone. Great museum but I will never go to a museum or UNESCO site again till my next life.
For the exception of seeing some key things that are housed here (Rosetta Stone, Sacred Thorn, Cleo) I can't really tell you the difference between this museum or any other large museum. Lots of Greek stuff, Egyptian things...the usual. Not my cup of tea but always good to step into a basic museum. By donation only.... very cool. Donate!!!
Being a massive nerd I'm a huge fan of this place and will bring every single one of my friends and family here and I will do it by force if need be.
Welcome to the sanctuary where British colonialism is alive and well because yes, a lot of the stuff in here has arrived and been kept here under fairly dubious circumstances but hey, don't they do a good job of keeping this place free and accessible for literally everyone to come and see?
To really appreciate everything, you'd have to spend the entire day here. It's massive and there's really a lot to see because back in the day Britain was kind of a big deal. That was before we all became addicted to tea and talking about the weather.
Especially fascinating is the section dedicated to Egypt because mummies anyone? Yeah! I used to want to go to Egypt and then I realised I could see this stuff in London, now I'm just waiting for the British Museum to acquire the Great Pyramid and the entire city of Thebes. I jest... Contrary to popular belief and visitor experience, the mummy of THE Cleopatra is not here but the mummy of A Cleopatra is. Maybe once the lost tomb of Anthony and Cleopatra is discovered they'll end up here alongside the Elgen Marbles, mask of Sutton Hoo and the Rosetta Stone...
It's wonderful to bring kids here, especially if they have inquisitive minds and so many questions to ask that you simply cannot answer. Just tell them that you don't know but you bet the answers are in the British Museum! In my head that's about as difficult as parenting gets because I don't have children...
I digress, please accept my apologies. This place is really brilliant and since it's free you can pop in for a quick browse on your lunch break or while you wait to get to that meeting/lunch/pub p-up/date and it's definitely not something you want to ever leave Britain without having experienced. Think of the knowledge contained within these walls!
If you a) choose the right time to go, or b) can wade through tourists, a very good museum. Free entry makes it easy to pop in and see one or two things that are of interest in the permanent exhibitions (which change).
There is so much to see that repeat visits are a must (as it picking up a map - or speaking with a helpful guide!).
So crowded. Smelled a lot of sweaty bodies walking around here since there is no AC and it was pretty hot outside. Every room smelled like a locker room except for the Korean exhibit which was the only room with AC.
This is an excellent place to spend a cold and raining day. You could spend an entire day at the British Museum and never crack the surface of all that it has to offer. Lunch at the Court restaurant was great, but expensive. Will I do this again on my day off?, of course.
A must on any visit. You won't be able to see everything. Same some for you next visit. Wide variety of exhibits to choose from.
This is where you want to go.
If you go to one museum in London, go here.
You can't do it all in one day. So much to see.
You get lost in the history, very interesting.
I particularly like the Egypt / Pharaohs part!!!
And, I also liked the displays of the first money ever used.
Place is baller - BIG TYME.
The British Museum is another one to check off on your London musts list.
I suggest reserving at the bare minimum two hours of your time to get a better experience of this museum as there are so much to see and appreciate. We had plans later in the afternoon so we unfortunately had to rush through everything.
Be prepared for many groups of children. While we were there we saw several groups of students (full on classes) in uniforms observing, taking notes including clusters of foreign students. They were all very well-behaved although we did see some isolated on "time out".
Although donations are encouraged it's hard to believe all of these artifacts and bits of history are available to be viewed by the public for absolutely nothing.
The British Museum is amazing!
It can seem really hectic as you approach the gates but once you get through it's quite serene and livley. It's nice to hang outside on a sunny day. But don't sit on the steps! It's not allowed.
Once in the main entrance walk through to the Great Court. It's beautiful and aweing. I always like pausing for a while there, it's so stunning.
The permanent displays are free, although a donation is always welcome to keep this institution running. These include the Egyptian displays, the Elgin Marble and many, many more.
But then there are also the temporary exhibitions which are very popular. Always fascinating, intriguing and well themed. Book in advance though because of their popularity or you could find it's sold out on the day you visit - as I did when I attempted to go to the current Viking exhibition.
Amazing...but don't leave any of your precious national cultural heritage behind--it's a bitch to get your stuff back from them. Just ask the Greeks....
The British Museum was super cool...and it's free!
My wife really loves mummies for some reason, so the museum was a must-see on our London itinerary. The Egyptology wing was amazing, as were the Greek sculptures and Roman pottery. We took selfies with several sarcophagi. Their extensive collection of Ming vases was quite beautiful as well. It was also really awesome seeing the Rosetta Stone in person.
I could write pages and pages about this place, but the bottom line is, just go. You won't regret it.
What a great Museum this is, and its free to get in, Its Egyptian and Greek exhibitions are incredible what include Mummys, Stone artefacts, Plus the Rosetta stone is here as well. the main atrium is a wonderful sight as well, Just a superb museum.
I'm not a huge history buff, which makes it hard for me to get excited about most museums, but if you find yourself in London, this is a must do. London has a lot of amazing museums and collections, but this one takes that cake. If you only have time to see one, make it this one...if you could only see one more museum in your life...make it this one.
As others have mentioned the collection here is just unparalleled. Amazing artifacts from all over the world like preserved Egyptian mummies, Greek sculptures from the Pantheon, Japanese paintings, the Cyrus Cylinder ("the world's first charter of human rights"), and of course the Rosetta Stone.
It's so extraordinary and vast it's suspicious (or controversial that they even have so many pieces)...but it's free and in London...so if you are in the area, definitely take advantage and go see it. You could easily spend days there if you are really into history and archeology, but for most a few hours or an extended morning is enough to see all of the major artifacts and have an experience you'll never forget.
The British Museum is the greatest Museum in the world, and I say that as someone who's been to my fair share (and can recognise those places with gaps relating to the Artifacts taken to the British Museum!).
Amazing place. I was really lucky to live only a 2-3 minute walk away when I was in London so I had the chance to keep going back - and that's definitely needed, since there are so many things to see, and new temporary exhibits are always popping up.
There's always a huge crowd of people around the more famous artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone - beware of giant student groups - but other than that, if you go on a weekday, the crowds aren't /too/ bad. I especially like the Japanese exhibit because it's a) a little hard to find and therefore b) usually very quiet and serene. There's also a good amount of things to see in there (love the fans!) and everything's labeled properly.
Best of all, it's free!! Would definitely recommend.
This museum occupied my companion and I for a full half-day. There were so many things to see, so we decided to just see the highlights, by only going to the rooms that were recommended by the map.
Still, things can be overwhelming, and there are so many things that fascinated me. Mummies, slabs of Assyrian stone, busts of Egyptian pharaohs, and so much more. What's better, is that this place is free!
The crowd can be thick at times, but that just means one needs to wait a little bit to the side, until everyone else in the room disappears and you can quietly admire the Rosetta Stone, all by yourself, for the next 14 seconds.
An excellent museum The British Museum, it really is. AND ITS FREE, I mean who can complain about that? Of course donations are encouraged, welcomed and should be given.
The covered courtyard is impressive and really well done. The building in the centre blends in very well, I think anyway. I've no doubt when it was first mooted and completed it would have had a it's critics.
The catalogue of artefacts they have on display here is immense. The Egyptian section is excellent. The Greek section also amazing. Everything was excellent, there is no point in me reeling off all the parts we went to. My partner mentioned that the Egyptian section was better than the museum he was been to in Cairo.
The staff were also great too. I was here with a crutch and at times a staff member would see me and show me to the nearest lift for me to use instead of the stairs.
If you are in London and trying to decide which of the many attractions to go to, I recommend that The British Museum should be top of your list.
The British Museum presents an astounding collection of human history artifacts across eras, countries and empires. Impossible to see it all in detail in one day. Although this is museum is completely free, do the right thing and offer a donation. I mean, you get a chance to see the Rosetta Stone, for crying out loud! A five pound note (more if history is important to you) is a small price to pay.
One of the top museums in the world. A must see for any museum goer or London visitor.
Wow, such a spectacular museum...focusing on human history and culture, this museum has a ton of items spanning the centuries and the continents. Due to time, I wasn't able to enjoy this museum as much as I would have liked (I was there for 2 1/2 hours and still needed much more time to see everything!).
The Rosetta Stone and Parthenon Marbles are some of the most controversial pieces in the museum and definitely worth seeing. Give yourself a lot of time to really enjoy everything since there is a lot to see and experience.
So I'm the 500th review for this place and I'm one of a very few that isn't going to give it 5 stars. That isn't because there aren't parts of this museum that are absolutely magnificent. As a lover of clocks and watches I particularly enjoyed that section, along with the gallery that traced the history of money.
What I had a hard time with, both as a lover of art and of ancient history, was seeing that most of the Parthenon's panels were here in an odd and disembodied form. Stolen from Athens ages ago, those of us who've been to the Parthenon have had to mentally imagine the panels that are here in London over there. These pieces, along with most of what was looted from Egypt, should be returned to their countries of origin, where they were taken from without lawful agreement.
It will be when such a consummation, devoutly to be wished, occurs that the British Museum will not only be a good museum, but a great one, that leads by principles, not sentiment.
Easily one of the simplest museums in the world to navigate, free, with a well lit centre court that brings order and balance to it all.
Based on the exhibits, the crowds, easiness of navigation, I would have given this place four stars. The reason I want to give the fifth one is because the British Museum offers access to nearly all of the exhibits free of charge. Yes, when you walk in they ask you to make a donation (most people drop a few bucks in when they leave), but they don't pressure you to do so.
The Rosetta Stone was a hugely popular exhibit. Although my favorite was definitely the Assyrian Exhibit - it's so well displayed that I could almost imagine myself in ancient Assyria.
They did sell maps at the door for £2, but you can get free ones for £1 a little ways in. A lot of people do return them so that they can be reused, so make sure to take good care of them. If there are a few key things you want to see here, than 1-2 hours is plenty of time. However, if you're as excited about everything as I was, you may need more than four hours easily. If you're debating between doing anything in London and a trip to this museum, make sure you choose this. Best part of my trip by far!
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