Visiting the British Museum

posted by Sharon February 5, 2017 24 Comments
British Museum

The British Museum is an elegant, massive home for treasures from around the world. The challenge for the visitor spending a limited time in London is figuring out how to navigate the collections in the British Museum in a reasonable time. We allotted a morning, knowing we would have to choose a few displays and artifacts and hope for a return trip in the future to see more.  British MuseumBritish Museum

Want an hour-long overview of famous holdings of the British Museum? Yes, there’s an audio guide for that in many different languages. You can also choose a three-hour tour, a tour geared to children, and many other options. Study the web site before you go so you have a plan of attack before arriving.

Here are some of highlights we saw. British Museum

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British MuseumI had seen these sculptures on an earlier visit, but this time we also found a famous chess set and clocks. British MuseumBritish Museum

The museum café has a nice selection of sandwiches and other lunch foods. We sat at a long table and met others while we ate, which was fun.

In the afternoon, we took off for St. Paul’s Cathedral, an easy Underground ride away. We ended up climbing the dome (more than 500 steps) and took in the view of London from this well known viewpoint.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's CathedralLondonFor dinner, we rode the Underground to the West End and enjoyed Les Mis. The cast and all the musicians were outstanding This is such a moving show.

Les MisDessert across the street from the theater – yes, thank you! Les Mis

 

This turned out to be a comfortable day’s itinerary. While you could spend days in the British Museum, our highlights tour gave us a taste of this fine – and free! – museum.

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If you go:

10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; various programs may be available at additional times

Check out the vast offerings on the web site before you go to narrow down where you want to head when you get there.

Underground lines:

  • Tottenham Court Road (500m)
  • Holborn (500m)
  • Russell Square (800m)
  • Goodge Street (800m)’

How about you? Have you been to the British Museum?

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24 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 6, 2017 at 1:04 am

We spent a good 5 hours there the day we visited! I just love the glass enclosed rotunda!

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Handmade in Israel February 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Wonderful photos of what was obviously a successful visit. You’ll just have to go back again to see the rest 😉 Dessert after Les Mis looks good!

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klara February 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

splendid day in London. accompanied with beautiful photos.

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Carol February 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Outstanding museum and I love the dessert!

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Fun60 February 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

You chose well at the museum. The chess set is one of my favourites.

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artmusedog and carol February 6, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Thanks for a lovely post and photos of the British Museum ~ It is rather awesome and free like most museums in London (was there in June 16) ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Week ~ ^_^

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Jim, Sydney, Australia February 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

Great shots.

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Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES February 7, 2017 at 5:08 am

Very cool! I love the shadows in the first shot and the half face!

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Rhonda Albom February 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

The museum looks great but I never made it there. Too many places, too little time.

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Molly February 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

The British Museum is a truly great building

Mollyx

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Kat February 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

I spent days in the British Museum when I lived in London. It’s spectacular and it’s free. I can’t even say how much I love it – there’s always more to see and the tours are really interesting as well. #citytripping

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Sharon Anck February 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Hello Sharon! My name is Sharon too and I also love to travel and I love photography. I enjoyed this post because I was just at the British Museum last September and I stayed near Russell Square just two blocks away. I have some very similar photos to the ones you posted in this story. In fact, I posted about that chess set on my travel blog http://sharonssojourns.blogspot.com/2016/10/king-queen-bishop-knight.html
I’ve been posting a lot about London recently because of my trip there last fall. I’ve bookmarked your blog so I can follow you regularly. You have posts from a lot of my favorite places!

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Bill February 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Some interesting views and shots from round the place, like the ones looking down from St Pauls

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jesh StG February 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Ah, for my next time in London:) Great post, Sharon as always – and thank you much for sharing it with ALL SEASONS!
Love the chess set! Always smile when I see the cover of Miserables. My then 14-15 year old son decided he was going to read that for a book report at school! You know how massive that book is?? He read day and night for a month. Little did we know he would have written his own first book 18 years later:)

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Ruth February 8, 2017 at 2:36 am

Sometimes, I beat myself for not stopping by this museum during my visit to London. I was part of a group so it was difficult to make everybody move in the same direction. Great museums is one of the reasons I want to go back to London. #OurWorldTuesday

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Pat February 8, 2017 at 6:34 pm

I have yet to visit London, and it is definitely on my bucket list. The British Museum reminds of the New York Metropolitan Museum as it is large and so full of exhibits. It is truly best to pick just a few exhibits or floors to see at one time. You highlighted soem wonderful ones!

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Klara S February 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Wonderful photos of wonderful place! I’ve been there twice or three times including Terracotta Army exhibition. Amazing, amazing place.

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) February 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

What lovely photos of the British Museum. It’s one of our favourite places in London. I love the Egyptian cat and we’re always fascinated by the Rosetta Stone. Like you say, it’s a good idea to allot a few hours and just see a few things at a time. #citytripping

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Cindy February 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Wonderful photos from the British Museum! It’s my favorite museum in London and always a pleasure to visit. Sounds like it was a great day enjoying what London has to offer. #CityTripping

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Buckeroomama February 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

That was the only museum I visited when I was in London! My son would have loved to see that chess set.

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Lisa February 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

The British Museum was one of our favorites. We took a walking tour of it, with a guide, who really invested in our kids. They had a terrific time there. I wish we could have spent a few days in that museum.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) February 13, 2017 at 11:08 pm

I haven’t been to the British Museum in ages. I must go, it has such a stunning interior. Les Mis is a great musical to see. A delightful day. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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Cathy (Mummytravels) February 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I agree, you definitely need a plan of attack before visiting the museum, I could spend days inside otherwise – it’s great with kids too. And love the photos of those London views too. #citytripping

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Michele {Malaysian Meanders} February 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Looks like a fantastic day! We were only able to spend a couple hours at the British Museum, so did not see everything of course. We did see all the popular items judging by the crowds clustered around everything. Wish I could have a bite of that lovely dessert.

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