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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tottenham Court Road (500m)
- Holborn (500m)
- Russell Square (800m)
- Goodge Street (800m)’
How about you? Have you been to the British Museum?