British Museum Tour
- The Ideas that Made our World

PLEASE NOTE: The British Museum is currently not allowing guided tours to operate because of the Covid-19 social distancing rules. We look forward to resuming our tours of the museum as soon as it is safe to do so. The wellbeing of our guides and guests is our number one priority.

There are many ways to explore a museum. On this tour we use the British Museum to tell one of the greatest stories there is: how we humans went from living in small, nomadic bands to building vast interconnected civilisations that dominate the planet.

The path we trace will take us from our origins in the wild to the first empires and the wonders of the Enlightenment.

Highlights include:

  • The Rosetta Stone
  • Double-headed Aztec serpent
  • Assyrian lion hunt reliefs
  • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Parthenon sculptures
  • Colossal statue of Ramesses II
  • Holy Thorn Reliquary
  • Mechanical model of the solar system
  • Easter Island moai
  • Sutton Hoo Helmet

Through these objects and more we will explore some of the deepest questions in world history. Why did our nomadic ancestors settle down and become farmers? Why do we have gods, kings and nations? What drove us to invent writing and money? How have war and germs shaped our lives? These are just some of the questions we will try to answer.

By the end of the tour you will have encountered many of the British Museum’s best-loved objects and, we hope, understand a little better how we made our world.

TICKETS £20 online / £15 for children aged 6 to 15 years / £45 for a family ticket (two adults and two children)


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Group Bookings

For all bookings of eight or more people, including school groups and work social events, please get in touch to book a private tour. Booking a private tour allows you to tailor the tour itinerary to your needs and choose your own start time.


How to find us

PLEASE NOTE: The British Museum is currently not allowing guided tours to operate because of the Covid-19 social distancing rules. The information below refers to our normal schedule, which we look forward to resuming as soon as it is safe to do so. However, for now, there are no tours.

We’ll be waiting with our orange umbrellas by the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. (Additional tour dates/times may be scheduled during busy periods. Check calendar for details.)

PLEASE NOTE: The King Edward entrance is the north entrance (not the main entrance), with the stone lions on either side of the doorway. Please arrive ten minutes before the tour starts, to allow time to pass through the bag check area. We will be waiting outside, by the lion statues.

  1. The closest tube station is Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines).
  2. After exiting the tube (there are several exits), walk up Tottenham Court Road (the Dominion Theatre should be on your right).
  3. Turn right onto Great Russell Street and continue until you see the British Museum ahead of you.
  4. Next turn left on Bloomsbury Street and then right onto Montague Place (where you will see the King Edward Entrance). This is the north entrance of the museum, with the lion statues.

  5. Pass through the bag check area and you will see your guide waiting outside the entrance by the stone lions, with an orange umbrella.

If you are looking for an alternative route to the British Museum, Russell Square tube station (Piccadilly Line) is a short walk away.