The British Museum Tour
The British Museum has one of the most important collections of historical artefacts anywhere in the world. Famously it can be visited for free, but, with over 8 million objects it can be hard to know where to start and easy to get lost among the labyrinth of galleries and civilisations.
Let our British Museum Tour guide you through some of the museum’s most famous and fascinating collections while we tell the story of the cultures and characters that produced them, and see how they shaped who we are today. This is the greatest story of them all, the story of us, Homo Sapiens.
On our 2.5 hour tour will talk about how and why we started; farming, counting, writing, worshipping, warring, keeping time, playing and investigating. We’ll pass through; Stone Age America, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Persia, China, the Holy Roman Empire, Saxon England, Viking Scotland, Mesoamerica, and the European Enlightenment. This is a tour not to be missed.
What’s Included on British Museum Tour:
- The Museum Story
- Clovis Spear
- Ain Ghazal Figurines
- The Standard of Ur
- Sumerian Writing Tablet
- The Rosetta Stone
- The Parthenon Marbles
- Chinese Cowrie Shell Currency
- Holy Roman Mechanical Galleon
- Sutton Hoo Saxon Helmet
- Hinton Saint Mary Roman Christ
- Persian Cyrus Cylinder
- Olmec Ball Game Belt
- The Enlightenment
WHERE: At the Rear Entrance to the Museum, the King Edward Entrance on Montague Place WC1E 7JW. (Please note this is not the main entrance). Your guide will be waiting outside the entrance by the Lion statue.
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours
COST: Pay-What-You-Like – Save more money on attractions and other tours with a tourist discount pass.
Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHO MY TOUR GUIDE IS?
A: Expect an email from your tour guide by 19:00 the evening before tour with his or her contact details and photo. Your tour guide will be holding a Free Tours by Foot logo.
Q: WHAT IF I AM LATE, HOW CAN I MEET THE TOUR GUIDE?
A: Please don’t be late, as the tour guide won’t be able to answer the phone easily once the tour starts. At the start of the tour, we will walk around the museum on Montague Street and then Montague Place, discussing the neighbourhood and the Museum’s story. We will then enter security together at the rear, King Edward Entrance.
Once inside our first stop will be the Easter Island Statue of Hoa Hakananai’a in G.24
If you are late, be sure to send a text (sms) message to your tour guide to let him or her know to be on the lookout for you.
Q: WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE COMPENSATION FOR THE GUIDE?
A: Another good question. People sometimes ask why we offer a tour for no upfront costs that our competitors offer for £12/person. Well, we feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a tour at a price he or she thinks the tour was worth – so just think of our tours as “name your own price”. Check out our blog posts on saving money in London.
Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR EDIT MY BOOKING?
A: Please reply by email to this booking invoice directly to let us know that you need to cancel or edit. Be fair to others and give us at least 24 hours notice if possible, so that we have time to offer your spots to others. Failure to give proper notice may result in the placing of future tours to stand-by status.
Q: WHAT OTHER TOURS DO YOU OFFER?
A: We offer many different types of tours around the City and Westminster that you may be interested in joining. Read our Tour Summary Page for more information of all the tours we offer, including Night Tours.
PAY-WHAT-YOU-LIKE TOURS ARE TOURS FOR EVERY BUDGET.