One Hour in the British Museum

1-Hour Tour

Visit the “Museum of the World”

Discover Priceless Treasures

The British Museum is home to more than 8 million of the world’s treasures from across the centuries. Take a private introductory tour to unlock the secrets behind some of the most legendary artefacts from history.

This private tour includes:

Private Dynamic Guide

Free entry to the UK’s most famous and comprehensive museum

Hear stories and secrets behind the British Museum’s star exhibits, from the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles

Discover how objects arrived in the “Museum of the World” and hear the debates for and against keeping them

End point tailored to the rest of your day

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Tour Details


1-9 guests:

For groups of 10 guests or more, please email



12PM – 1PM

3PM – 4PM

Special evening tours on Fridays 5PM – 6PM

Meeting point

Your private guide will meet you outside the Museum Tavern, on the corner of Museum Street and Great Russell Street (directly opposite British Museum).


Monday through Saturday, year-round

This tour doesn’t run 24th-26th December.
If you would like a tour on these days, please email our team at

Not included


Languages Available

Sample Itinerary

The Museum’s Origin Story
Find out about the museum’s eccentric founder, Sir Hans Sloane, and how the British Museum came to be founded in the Bloomsbury district of London.

World Treasures in the World’s Museum
Experience the world’s last surviving Assyrian temple guardians and the one-of-a-kind Rosetta Stone. You’ll also find out why the British Museum is the most visited museum in Britain.

Hear the Secret Stories Behind the Exhibits
Hear how the Elgin Marbles went from Athens to London via a country house in Scotland and how the Rosetta Stone became key to recovering lost languages from ancient history.

Treasures of the World
See the world-famous marble friezes and sculptures that once stood on the Parthenon in Athens and hear about their long and dramatic history.

Mummies, Heads, and Masks
Learn how Ancient Egyptian kings were mummified, how Vikings played chess, and how to excavate an Anglo-Saxon helmet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all our tours are private and can be tailored to our guests’ interests.

After this 1-hour experience, your guide can direct you to cosy pub or cafe nearby to relax in. They can give you recommendations for the rest of your time in the local area known as Bloomsbury.

At the moment this tour is available only in English. If you would like a tour in another language please email

This tour is designed for groups of up to 9 guests. If you’d like to take the tour with a larger group, please email and we will provide you with a quote.

Yes, of course! If you would like a longer interior tour of the British Museum then please email and we will provide a quote.

Tips for your guide are never expected, but they do show you think your guide did a brilliant job! If you would like to tip your guide, please do so directly during the tour (10 – 15% is customary).

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