The British Museum, located near Holborn, was opened in 1753. It houses more than 7 million unique objects including The Rosetta Stone, Egyptian antiquities and mummies, the Assyrian lion-hunt reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Black Obelisk, the Enlightenment Gallery, 4,500-year-old “Ginger”, the Sutton Hoo treasure, the Portland Vase, Roman gold and Celtic gold.
I highly recommend the World of Money (room 68) and Ancient Egypt (room 64) galleries.
The British Museum is free and open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. On Fridays it closes at 8.30pm.
Exhibitions run at various times of the year and might require advanced booking online. Some exhibitions are free.
Free daily eye-opener tours are run throughout the day and last for 30 – 40 minutes. Check here for times and meeting places.
A museum highlights tour, Around the World in 90 minutes, takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am and 2pm. It costs £12 per person and visit a number of galleries on a number of floors. Book online or at the front desk.
A free lunchtime gallery talk with a guest speaker or curator takes place from Tuesday – Friday at 1.15pm.
To fit everything in, check out the free walking tour at 2pm every Saturday afternoon by London Walks. Just meet your guide outside Holborn Tube station.
How to get there:
The British Museum is an easy walk from either Holborn (Central Line or Piccadilly Line) tube station or Tottenham Court Road (Norther Line or Central Line) tube station.