With an annual visitor turnout of 6 million, the British Museum remains one of the most visited attractions in London. The incredible collections of artifacts from the ancient and modern periods housed in the museum make it the highly favored place in London guided tour programs. The free admission charge also is one of the contributing reasons for its popularity among the visitors.
Most of the visitors, however, find it increasingly difficult in properly viewing the exhibits in the Museum due to the heavy crowds. Below are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your next British Museum guided tour.
Avoid Peak Hours
The British Museum is usually swarming with visitors during the peak hours. Avoiding visiting during this peak times is one of the best ways in fully enjoying the exhibits displayed in the museum without any interruptions. So while planning your British Museum guided tour, choose the opening time of 10 AM, as there will be a much lesser crowd in the morning.
Visiting the museum on Friday evenings at 05:30 PM is also preferred, as it is the closing time and most crowds will have already dispersed. However, you need to avoid visiting the museum during a rainy day or holidays, as the number of visitors will be very high in such days. Instead, opt for a sunny weekday to visit the museum, as there will be lesser crowds and is the best times in fully viewing the exhibits displayed.
See the Major Attractions First
Seeing the major attractions is the best way to get the most out of your British Museum guided tour. Having a clear idea about where these exhibits are located inside the museum will definitely help. This will aid you in seeing the best exhibits first before it becomes swarmed with visitors.
Prioritize the Rosetta Stone first, which is located in Room 4, and then move on to other prominent artifacts such as the Parthenon Sculptures located in Room 18. You can then move on to other historically important exhibits displayed in Room 62 and Room 63 before viewing other sites in the British Museum.
Around the World in 90 Minutes
The British Museum runs an ‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’ introductory tour, which is perfect for quickly visiting the entire museum. The British Museum guided tour covers almost all of important exhibits displayed such as the Parthenon sculptures, Rosetta stone, and other major artifacts. However, note that it is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, and would cost 12 pounds per person.