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London: Private Guided Tour of the British Museum

4.8 / 5

33 reviews

London: Private Guided Tour of the British Museum

From US$ 266.78 per group up to 6

Learn the stories behind the rise and fall of human civilizations around the world on a guided tour of the British Museum in the heart of London. Marvel at exquisite treasures from Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, the mysterious East and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Touch the legendary Rosetta Stone and be transported back to the ancient Mediterranean
  • Discover how the Ancient Greeks defined beauty
  • Investigate how technology has transformed the way humans live
  • Get an understanding of the nature of money in managing human societies
  • Experience war and peace via the Samurai armor from Japan and Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon
Full description
Enter the stunning neoclassical building of the British Museum and journey through the history of ancient civilizations with an experienced guide. Let the relics tell their stories as you lose yourself in time and space. Take a 2-hour journey from the glories of European medieval art through the Enlightenment to Ancient Egypt. Travel back to the Roman Empire and explore the great civilizations of the Middle East. See the famous collection of Chinese ceramics by Sir Percival David, along with artifacts from the Inca and Aztec civilizations of the Americas. Look at magnificent statues from ancient Assyria, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, and nourish your eyes and mind with a wealth of information. By the end of the tour, you will have got an insight into how civilizations are made, how humans used gods, laws and money to organize societies, and how art and technology played crucial roles in the transformation of our very existence.  Get the answer to questions such as: are we the same all over, or are we quite different? What are the similarities and the differences between the civilizations of the East and West? How far have we developed to become more peaceful and prosperous? Where does it all lead?  Like a mirror, history reflects the patterns of human behavior, and history repeats itself. In these turbulent times, with the rise of the East and troubles in the West, it is even more poignant to understand the forces behind the rise and fall of civilizations throughout human history. Nowhere can this be better accomplished than at the British Museum. A short break will be provided in the middle of your tour for refreshments and a toilet break.
  • English or Chinese-speaking guide (depending on option booked)
  • Bluetooth wireless audio guide equipment available
  • Food and beverages
  • Hostel/hotel pick-ups
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please come in from the South Gate of the British Museum in Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG. Your guide will be waiting for you immediately after the security check, near the black Victorian street light facing the steps to the entrance to the museum. If the weather conditions are not suitable for the guide to wait outside, it is likely that the guide will be waiting for you near the information desk inside the Great Court. Please make sure your provide your mobile phone number (with country code) when booking and ensure that you have your phone with you on the day so that your guide can contact you if necessary.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour operates with a maximum of 10 participants
  • This tour is suitable for those aged 10 and above
  • This tour is not suitable for anyone with a hearing impairment or walking restrictions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 33 reviews

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BEST museum experience

Emily provided us with an amazing overview of an overwhelming museum. We went to London for only three days after an exhausting trip to Paris. In order to cover the British Museum efficiently we decided to get a guide which made the experience 10x better than we could have imagined and 20x better than our visit to the Louvre! She presented the tour as a timeline through the rooms and gave us an overall picture then provided some suggestions on what to see when the tour completed (areas we didn't cover). The museum is free to all but this let us learn so much more than we would have on our own. I had my 11- and 16-year-old daughters and they all got so much more from the experience because of Emily. I HIGHLY recommend this service and Emily was wonderful!

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July 22, 2018

excellent !

Emily was very thorough, amazingly knowledgeable, with plenty of little stories to illustrate her explanations. She is a very lively and enthusiastic person, very motivated in what she does. The tour eventually took longer than expected because she was so eager to show us the highlights of the British Museum. We can only recommend her.

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March 8, 2018

A good extra for the price

Our tour guide Emily was very knowledgeable and knew her way around the museum very well. As much as I enjoyed the tour, It was my first trip to the British Museum with limited time so I would have liked a little more time to roam the museum on my own. If I were to do it again, I would tour the museum solo the first time and book a tour on the next visit.

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June 27, 2017

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