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The British Museum

This colossal treasure chest houses some of the world’s most precious artefacts. Today, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world.

For art buffs and history enthusiasts, the British Museum offers a staggering display of diverse material from all corners of the world. With a collection of over 8 million artefacts, visitors often find it difficult to view everything on offer in one day. So, whether you have a few hours or a few days to spare, this huge hub of information and history is definitely worth a visit.

The museum’s outstanding array of artefacts and precious items have been gradually accumulated over the years, beginning from wealthy British travellers at the height of the British Empire. The collection is still expanding today and includes some of the world’s greatest pieces, ranging from the Easter Island statue to the Head of Rameses. Visitors will be mesmerised as they stand before this wealth of history.

Take a step off the beaten track and discover the quieter galleries that celebrate Oceanic, Middle Eastern and Babylonian beginnings. As well as a highly factual hub of information, the British Museum recognises the importance of making History accessible. The museum offers numerous object handling sessions as well as a diverse range of activities throughout its galleries. Staff members are always on hand to provide visitors with additional information and answer any specific questions you may have.

The building’s Greek revival design, with its 44 beautifully crafted neoclassical columns is in itself a step back in time. Originally opened to the public in 1753, the museum has become one of the nation’s most visited attractions, with over 6 million visitors arriving each year. Walking through this immense building, visitors are brought to the spectacular Great Court. This is often a good opportunity to find your bearings before heading off to explore at leisure.

If you’re on a tight sightseeing, there are tours on offer throughout the day, lasting approximately 30 to 40 minutes. This is the perfect way to discover the museum in a short space of time. Open daily throughout the year (except for 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January), the museum is easily accessible via subway. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square.


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    3.2 out of 5 (26 reviews)

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Queens Theatre are also within ...

    St Giles London - A St Giles HotelNZ$151

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    The Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 The Strand, London, England
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      4.3 out of 5 (43 reviews)

      Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...

      The Strand Palace HotelNZ$283

      The Strand Palace HotelNZ$283
      Assembly Hotel London

      Assembly Hotel London

      27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
        3.5 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Coca-Cola London Eye, and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are ...

        Assembly Hotel LondonNZ$211

        Assembly Hotel LondonNZ$211
        Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

        Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

        324 Gray's Inn Road, London, England
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          3.6 out of 5 (16 reviews)

          Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of British Library and The British Museum. London Transport Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral are ...

          Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St PancrasNZ$108

          Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St PancrasNZ$108
          Jurys Inn London Holborn

          Jurys Inn London Holborn

          50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
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            3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

            Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and Coca-Cola London ...

            Jurys Inn London HolbornNZ$253

            Jurys Inn London HolbornNZ$253
            My Bloomsbury

            My Bloomsbury

            11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square, London, England
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              My BloomsburyNZ$219

              My BloomsburyNZ$219
              Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

              Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

              200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
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                Park Plaza Westminster Bridge LondonNZ$301

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                Thistle Holborn

                Thistle Holborn

                Bloomsbury Way, London, England
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                  4.9 out of 5 (7 reviews)

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. Russell Square and Royal Opera House are also within ...

                  Thistle HolbornNZ$291

                  Thistle HolbornNZ$291
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