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London Guide > London Museums and Galleries > British Museum

British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753 and was the first national public museum in the world. It has always been free for the public to visit and visitors numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.

During the summer of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the British Museum will present a major exhibition on the world and works of William Shakespeare, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival

Opening Times:

Daily 10.00am - 5.30pm


Admission is free.


020 7323 8299


Toilets on every floor.
Baby feeding and changing rooms near the east stairs.
3 cafes
4 shops
Lost property
Photography and filming is permitted in most of the galleries


Events at British Museum

Film Black Stallion

Friday 6th July, 2012

Stevenson Lecture Theatre £3, Members/concessions £2

Passport to the afterlife

Saturday 7th July, 2012

Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries and solve clues about the Book of the Dead.

Medieval animation workshop

Sunday 8th July, 2012

Use stop-motion software and video cameras to create your own animation based on mythical medieval creatures.

Annual International Egyptological Colloquium

Tuesday 10th July, 2012

The colloquium will be the twentieth anniversary of the series and the first dedicated to Egypt in the First Millennium AD.

Portraiture on Renaissance coinage

Friday 13th July, 2012

A gallery talk by Ben Alsop, Department of Coins and Medals which lasts for about 45 minutes.

Seminar for Arabian Studies

Friday 13th July, 2012

This annual conference presents the latest research on the archaeology, history and languages of Arabia.

Warhorse: the ancient Greek way

Friday 13th July, 2012

Classicist and author Robin Lane Fox from the University of Oxford discusses the fascinating role of the horse in the classical world through archaeology, art and literature.

Shakespeare in the summer

Tuesday 17th July, 2012

Come along and make your own contribution to a suitably Shakespearean artwork, then listen to some unusual versions of stories from the Bards plays.

Green screen time machine

Wednesday 18th July, 2012

Use a green screen and Photoshop to create a picture of yourself interacting with Museum objects then print your finished work to take home.

Passport to the afterlife

Wednesday 25th July, 2012

Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries and solve clues about the Book of the Dead.

Religion and ritual in Mesoamerica

Sunday 29th July, 2012

A gallery talk by Elizabeth Baquedano, independent speaker.

The search for immortality in Assyrian art

Tuesday 31st July, 2012

A gallery talk by Lorna Oakes, independent speaker.

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