Tours and talks

Eye-opener tours

eyeOpening tour

Daily eye-opener tours


30-40 minute tours

Throughout the day
Meet at the relevant gallery


Gallery talks

Lunchtime gallery talks

Lunchtime gallery talks


45 minute talks with guest speaker or curator

Tuesdays–Fridays, 13.15

Gallery talks calendar 

Spotlight tours

Friday evening spotlight tours


20 minute tours focussing on highlights

Every Friday evening


Special early morning tour

Highlights tour

An introduction to the British Museum

£30 per person

Explore the oldest space in the Museum and discover the history of the collection in this special guided tour, before the galleries open to the public. Places are limited to a maximum of 20 to provide a unique visiting experience.

In Room 1 (Enlightenment) and Room 2 (Collecting the world) you will learn how the world was understood by Europeans in the 18th century, tracing the beginning of the British Museum and the development of the extraordinary collection. This provides a wonderful introduction before exploring other galleries in the Museum.

The tour will begin at 09.00 and will last for 60 minutes. Please come to the Main entrance on Great Russell Street (WC1B 3DG) at 08.50 with your email confirmation.

£30 per person
Price includes a British Museum souvenir guide book

New dates now available.

Book online here

Advance booking essential

Highlights tour

Highlights tour

Around the world in 90 minutes

£14 per person

Encounter the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon Frieze, as well as some lesser-known but equally fascinating objects with trained guides who take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection.

This tour is designed for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a considerable amount of walking.

Book online or at the Ticket Desk in the Great Court.