A staple for tourists and Londoners alike, the BM is a magnificent resource filled with treasures from all over the world and several points in history but it can also be overwhelming and crowded. Whether you want to navigate the crowds efficiently, learn more about displayed artefacts or be directed straight to the highlights to maximise your time, a tour with one of our British Museum Experts is for you.
Tour for Families: The RiddleboxTM Tour
(The Great British Museum Adventure)
How do you navigate the British Museum’s crowds with ease, keep the children interested and learn new things yourselves?
Families, prepare for a swashbuckling expedition in one of the world’s greatest museums. Children will be presented with a multi-layered RiddleboxTM.
Legend has it that the box has been passed down from Sir Hans Sloane, the 18th century founder of the British Museum (and inventor of Hot Chocolate!). It is the family’s job to unlock the secrets of this cryptic object by solving its riddles as the tour unfolds, in search of Sir Hans Sloane’s hidden reward. Equipped with the RiddleboxTM and an explorer’s toolkit provided by your Arts Unlocked Expert, the family will embark on a mission to extract crucial information from the artefacts on display like archaeologists at an exciting dig, unlocking the museum’s ancient worlds. Once the mission is completed, children and parents will have gained further knowledge of ancient history and the particulars of the British Museum’s collection.
(Areas covered: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Ancient Britain. Price: £250 per group, Duration: 2hrs - 2hrs 30mins, recommended age range for children: 6-16 years)
Tour for Adults: The British Museum More-Than-Just-An-Introduction Tour
The British museum is a vast hoard of wonders from around the world. Part of the story of each object is its journey from country of origin to the British Museum. Recently the museum world has been questioning this and considering the possibility of redistribution in some cases. As a result, the forgotten histories of colonialism and power struggles in years gone by are being reinserted into world history. This tour tells the ancient myths surrounding objects like the mummies of Egypt, but it also tells the more modern histories of how the objects ended up here, and how they are being conserved.
(Price: £250 per group, Duration: 2hrs 30mins)
Tour for Adults: How did we end up here?
A deeper tour of the British Museum
The first two hours of this tour take you through the highlights of the British Museum’s Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Ancient Greek collections, with added depth provided by your expert. The final hour is up to you: On this tour you choose your own ending, either Rome and early Britain, Polynesia and Australia, Africa and Meso-America or India and China. The ending you choose when you book the tour will determine your Expert guide: each of our experts has a different academic specialism, so you are guaranteed a guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the geographies that you are interested in.