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London: Private British Museum Tour

1. London: Private British Museum Tour

In the company of a live guide, explore the highlights of the British Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Avoid wasting time stuck in long lines with skip-the-line entrance and make the most of your time in the museum to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring the rest of the museum at your own pace. During your tour, see the museum's most sought-after pieces and learn more about their importance in the modern art scene and as historical collection pieces. From the well-preserved Egyptian Mummies to the mysterious Lewis Chessman, admire collections from around the world and understand what makes these artifacts so unique.

London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

2. London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Visiting the British Museum with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Visited by up to six million visitors per year, it is one of the largest and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in London. In addition to the vast collection, the museum’s special exhibition, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. Your tour guide will focus on tow to three exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. Experiencing your visit of the British Museum as a family will be a fascinating and memorable moment. You will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

3. London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

Discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts with a guide. Come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the museum’s treasures. Meet your guide by the red telephone box next to the main entrance to the British Museum on Russell street. Follow your guide who'll retrace the history behind the relics found in the vast exhibits. See the Rosetta Stone and why it is crucial to the understanding of Ancient Egypt. Learn how Tutankamun died, his legacy today, and discover the book of the dead. See the great statue of Ramesses 11, a sacred metal cat, a giant scarab beetle, and gold-covered mummies. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities and Roman statues. Admire a gladiator's helmet, brilliant roman glass, and a bust of the greatest emperor of rome. Find out the mysteries of the Sutton Hoo burial and get a glimpse into the Anglo Saxon world. See parts of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Have free time after the tour so you can visit other parts of the museum.

London: British Museum Guided Tour

4. London: British Museum Guided Tour

Discover some of the highlights of the British Museum with a licensed guide, and get a flavor of one of the world’s oldest and finest museums. Because there is so much to see, you could spend a week at the British Museum and still not discover it all. Experience the best of the British Museum’s collections, starting with a view of the breathtaking ceiling. Admire the spectacular glass roof of the Great Court, a work of art in its own right. Then, see the world-famous “Rosetta Stone,” the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. Admire the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the former British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Go to the Ancient Egypt galleries to see the large collection of Egyptian mummies, and discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad.

The British Museum in London Guided Tour

5. The British Museum in London Guided Tour

The British Museum's extensive collection spans 6,000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. The guides take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries-old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning software. Leave the tour with an understanding of what humans have achieved throughout history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc) The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour.

London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

6. London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

This private walking tour takes you on an interesting 2.5 hour walk around the Bloomsbury district of London. What Montmartre in Paris is to the world of art then so is Bloomsbury to the world of literature. Bloomsbury was the center of the English-speaking literary world in the 19th and 20th centuries and to a degree still is.  The beautiful squares and quiet neighborhoods created a special community where writers from around the world would come to live and write in a creative atmosphere. On this tour you will visit the homes of a number of world-renowned writers, see the largely unchanged neighborhoods that they lived in and which helped form some of the greatest works of literature of all time. Just some of the places you will visit include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Charles Darwin and the Suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett. You'll see the building that inspired George Orwell and his Ministry of Truth in 1984. Learn about the tragic life of Virginia Woolf, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and the location of where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and why he never liked his famous detective. Such luminaries as Gertrude Stein, Aleister Crowley, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats round off the tour, not forgetting J M Barrie whose wonderful story of Peter Pan continues to help a world-famous children’s hospital in London to this day.

London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

7. London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

Meet your guide at St James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in London. From here, your guide will take you to one of the first places in London devoted to the study of magical arts. Afterwards, see where the 19th century secret society named the Suicide Circle was based. Walk along Pall Mall to the oldest occult bookshop in London. Discover stories about the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and its members. Continue to the Charring Cross Hotel, where the French occultist Eliphas Levi allegedly performed an act of necromancy. Follow your guide to Cleopatra's Needle on Victoria Embankment, a stone obelisk surrounded by dark legends. Learn how it was brought to London and why some Londoners are still obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Continue to the Freemasons quarter, passing the building where the Ordo Templi Orientis secret society is based. The most influential member was English author and occultist Aleister Crowley. Walk past another occult society before arriving at the British Museum. Learn how pagans and members of secret societies pay tributes to idols in the museum. Discover the history of the occult on this walking tour of London.

London Self-Guided Mystery Tour - Who Pushed Molly May?

8. London Self-Guided Mystery Tour - Who Pushed Molly May?

Turn the buzzing streets of London's West End into an exciting outdoor escape room, with The Mystery of Who Pushed Molly May. Solve the clues, eliminate the suspects, and unmask the mysterious villain behind Theatreland's most famous showbiz mystery. As the story goes, on 1st July 1920 Molly May’s big opening night ended in disaster when she broke her leg falling down the theatre stairs in front of waiting fans and paparazzi, insisting that she had been pushed. Who was the mysterious actress who lurked behind this terrible deed? Was she the victim of a jealous co-star? Or did she simply stumble?. Discover the West End's most iconic sights and atmospheric pubs as you unravel the historic mystery and discover the true identity of the actress behind the crime.

National Gallery and The British Museum Guided Tour

9. National Gallery and The British Museum Guided Tour

Begin your tour by learning about the master painters whose names fill the halls of the National Gallery. Instead of wandering aimlessly, let the guides immerse you in the stories and history behind some of the world’s most famous artists. You’ve heard of Van Gogh and da Vinci, but what do you really know about them? Learn about the painters behind the paintings as you browse through the works by masters like Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. If none of those names mean anything to you, we’ll make sure that all changes by the end of the tour. The National Gallery houses a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, so there is no shortage of choice. View da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s “Bathers at Asnières” to witness the changing styles over the centuries. During this semi-private tour, you will be armed with the information and history that you’ll need to appreciate the 2300 paintings on display at one of the world’s most visited museums. After a break for lunch, you will be ready to explore culture and civilizations through the monumental collection at the British Museum. Your guide will lead you through 6000 years of sculptures, jewelry and artifacts, acting like a living Rosetta Stone to help you understand these pieces – and yes, you’ll see the real Rosetta Stone while you’re at it. Your guides will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries’ old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet and the Lewis Chessmen, among other historic objects. Leave the tour with an understanding of what we humans have achieved during our short history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) A Young Woman standing at a Virginal, Sunflowers, The Madonna of the Pinks ('La Madonna dei Garofani’), The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus’), The Virgin of the Rocks from Panels from the S. Francesco Altarpiece, The Ambassadors, The Arnolfini Portrait, Venus and Mars, The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen,Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour

London: Private Highlights of the British Museum Tour

10. London: Private Highlights of the British Museum Tour

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the world’s largest national public museum attracting an incredible 6 million visitors a year. Whilst entrance to the museum is free, it is home to one of the finest collections in existence with over 8 million objects spanning 2 million years of human history. Whilst here, your dedicated Blue Badge guide will make sure to cover all of the must-see highlights. The museum opened to the public on the 15th of January 1759 following the gift of 71,000 objects bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane to King George II. The original collection included books, manuscripts, coins, medals, prints and drawings, and in the early part of the 19th century there were a number of high profile acquisitions, including the Rosetta Stone (1802), the Townley collection of classical sculpture (1805), and the Parthenon sculptures (1816). The Museum has played host to 15 film sets including the more recent "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" (2014), as well as the "The Wakefield Cause" (1921), "Day of the Jackal" (1973), and "Blackmail" (1929). The museum even had its own tube station for over 30 years, up until Holborn Station opened a few yards away in 1933.

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What people are saying about British Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 391 reviews

Great experience, and would highly recommend. I was called on the morning of the tour and was told our guide would call 15 mins before the tour starting time. I took the tour guides number just in case we had an issue. I was called exactly on time! Lula, our guide was very friendly and informative. The kids (11 & 13) were engaged and we all saw and learnt something new. I find having a guide is a great way to engage the kids, and also gives a more structured approach when visiting a large museum with so many exhibits.

Tony our guide was fantastic and we would recommend him. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, organised and professional. The British Museum itself is a beautiful building and the exhibits were impressive and beautifully displayed. A great experience to enjoy and learn.

Great way to see some key pieces, very informative guide, lovely information about aspects of some of the items we would otherwise overlooked

Lula was extremely informative, friendly and patient. He was good with young and old

Natalie was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed our tour at the British Museum!