British Museum

The British Museum's collection of eight million objects representing the rich history of human cultures mirrors the city of London's global variety. In no other museum can the visitor see so clearly the history of what it is to be human. In the collections the world can write the new histories that it needs to understand its past and shape its future.




You can use these special selections to discover the highlights:

1 hour at the Museum

3 hours at the Museum

Objects to see with children




North America



Ancient Egypt

Egyptian sculpture


Ancient Greece and Roman

Greece: Cycladic Islands

Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans

Greece 1050-520 BC

Greek vases

Athens and Lycia

Greece: Bassae Sculptures

Nereid Monument

Greece: Parthenon

Greece: Athens

Greeks and Lycians 400-325 BC

Mausoleum of Halikarnassos

The world of Alexander

Greek and Roman sculpture


China, India, South Asia and Southeast Asia

India: Amaravati 

Chinese jade 


Chinese Ceramics 


Middle East

Assyrian sculpture & Balawat Gates 

Assyria: Nimrud 

Assyria: Nineveh 

Assyria: Lion hunts, Siege of Lachish and Khorsabad 

The Islamic world 


Good to know:


  • The British Museum is free to all visitors except the special exhibitions.
 The Museum is open late every Thursday and Friday until 20.30.
 Every day, there are free short tours (30–40 minutes each) introducing different areas of the Museum's collection, led by volunteer guides.
  • Bags or suitcases larger than 40x40x50cm are not allowed on the British Museum premises for safety and security reasons.
  • Photography with flash and video recording is permitted in most galleries for private purposes only, using hand-held equipment. Tripods and monopods are not permitted in any part of the Museum.


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