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!
Fun fact: The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened in 1759, making it older than the USA!
Get to the British Museum nice and early if you want to beat the crowds and avoid the queues. Alternatively, the British Museum is open late on Fridays, giving you ample time to wander round the galleries after most people have left. Picking up a map for £2 will give you their “Top 10 objects to see” tour, which will take you through most of the major galleries (a cheap paper copy, without the top 10, is available for a “suggested donation”). Alternatively, audio guides can be rented for £7, and come in 10 languages.
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.
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