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KidRated’s British Museum Top Tips:

  • In a rush? Make a beeline for the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian Room
  • Great cafe and gift shop, so bring cash
  • Pick up some activity trails and look out for FREE workshops

Home to one of the largest permanent collections in the world, the British Museum documents the history and culture of mankind from the beginning.


There is plenty of interactivity to keep kids entertained. Free trails are provided for a range of ages, such as the ‘Hunting for Dragons’ trail about fantastic creatures and the ‘Travelling in Time’ trail about Ancient Greece. The museum also recommends specific exhibits for children to investigate further, such as the Rosetta Stone and mummified bull figures. Just don’t drop anything!


While the British Museum is free to enter, giving a donation is recommended so bring cash. For some special exhibitions, tickets start at £10 without a membership, however under 16s always go free. Check what’s on at the moment here.


Daily object handling sessions are a drop-in, free of charge way of seeing ancient artefacts up-close.


The big exhibition in 2016 is Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Watch this video for a taste of what’s to come. 

Booking Advice:

  • Apart from some exhibitions, the museum is FREE
  • Visit often? Become a member for special offers and discounts
  • Click Buy Tickets Now for a guided tour. Only for children aged 12 and over



Great Russell Street


All year round.

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7323 8299


Opening hours:

Daily 10:00-17:30
Fridays open until 20:30

How to get there:

Closest tubes: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Avoid the busy front doors and enter via the King Edward entrance on Montague Place.
  • Remember, it’s free to visit so you don’t have to try and see it all in one go.
  • Kids eat free at the Gallery Cafe (access through Room 12).
  • The Gallery Backpacks are free to borrow and are recommended.
  • See the Easter Island statue (Room 24) and say “Dumb dumb, you give me gum gum!” (Night at the Museum movie influence).
  • Rather than crowd around the Rosetta Stone, go to the Enlightenment Gallery (ground floor, off the other side of the Great Court) where there’s a replica you can touch.
  • Coram’s Fields, playground and city farm, is a short walk away when you need to run around.
  • You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at 

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