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British Museum

KidRated British Museum Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Take on a Museum Mission, or pick up an Activity backpack
  • Best for parents: Great cafe and gift shop, so bring cash
  • Top Tip: In a rush? Make a beeline for the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian Room

Explore the British Museum, where history comes to life and adventures await for families of all ages! Situated in the heart of London, this cultural gem is more than just a museum – it’s a journey through time and civilisations.


Step inside and prepare to be dazzled by a vast collection of treasures from around the world, spanning thousands of years of human history. From ancient Egyptian mummies to Greek sculptures, there’s something here to captivate the imagination of every young explorer.


But the fun doesn’t stop there! The British Museum offers a range of family-friendly activities and interactive exhibits designed to engage curious minds. Embark on a scavenger hunt through the galleries, searching for hidden gems and solving riddles along the way. Or unleash your creativity with hands-on workshops and art activities that bring history to life in vibrant colour.


For teens with a passion for archaeology and ancient civilisations, the British Museum is a playground of discovery. Dive into fascinating exhibitions that delve into the mysteries of the past, from the Rosetta Stone to the Parthenon sculptures.


And let’s not forget about the museum’s charming café and gift shop, perfect for refuelling and picking up souvenirs to remember your visit.


Whether you’re a history buff, an aspiring archaeologist, or simply looking for a day of family fun, the British Museum promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave you inspired and eager for more!

Booking Advice:

  • The museum is FREE with exhibitions free for under 16s
  • Visit often? Become a member for special offers and discounts
  • Audio app available in 8 different languages



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

Teen Verdict

KidRated | Best Family Days Out, DIY Fun & Games in London


I’ve been here a few times over the years (school trips and family days out) but I would say as a teenager it’s actually a pretty nice place for a day out with a mate. It’s free and it’s got a cute cafe and shop.

This may not be how the museum is meant to be enjoyed but something me and my friends like to do is go around and try to recreate sculptures and weird paintings just using our faces and bodies, and then take a picture. My camera roll gets pretty funny…

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.

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  1. Pauline

    The British Museum is *the* place to go to see antiquities including the Rosetta Stone (which is usually surrounded by people trying to get a glimpse of it), the marbles of the Parthenon, ancient Egyptian busts and sarcophagi, an Easter Island statue, and, our favourite, the massive Assyrian Winged Bull guardians. It’s a huge space and could be overwhelming, but the ancient Egyptian busts and mummies were enjoyed by all. Definitely plan on seeing a few sections of the museum or it could overwhelm younger visitors.

  2. Guy Nesbitt

    Took my children here and they enjoyed it. My son is into chess and enjoyed seeing the Lewis Chessmen. It has cafes and gift shops so far as my two boys are concerned what is there not to like!

  3. Simon Booth

    Amazing exhibits, but hugely busy and hard to navigate, with some rooms feeling like they’ve crammed a lot of slightly disjointed things in for want of space. Overall effect, though, very impressive. Took 8 year-old daughter to see Egyptian collection as part of school project, and she loved the cat-related things. Make sure you’re well fed, watered and wee’d before you brave the crowds, though.

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