Special morning tours

Our volunteer-led morning tours are limited to a maximum of 20 places per tour to provide a unique visiting experience.

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

Please note that wheeled cases and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises. Cloakroom facilities are not available on these tours.

For groups of 10 or more, or for special requests, please get in touch with us directly at traveltradebookings@britishmuseum.org, or visit britishmuseum.org/TravelTrade for more information.

Advance booking essential

An introduction to the British Museum

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.

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 after the tour.

Galleries included on this tour: Rooms 1, 2, 2a

An introduction to Ancient Egypt

Enjoy exploring one of the most iconic spaces in the Museum and discover the fascinating history of ancient Egypt in this special guided tour, before the galleries open to the public.

In the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery (Room 4) you will see impressive statues of kings and gods, monumental tomb architecture and ancient tomb reliefs spanning three thousand years. These include the imposing colossal bust of Rameses II, the Gayer-Anderson Cat and the world-famous Rosetta Stone – key to deciphering hieroglyphs. You will learn the importance of large-scale sculpture in ancient Egyptian temples and tombs, and get the perfect introduction to this unmissable collection.

Galleries included on this tour: Room 4

An introduction to China

Journey through China’s extraordinary culture in this special guided tour, before the galleries open to the public.

In the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia (Room 33), you will gain an insight into the development of Chinese civilisation, from 5000 BC to the present day. This beautifully refurbished space was re-opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2017. From exquisite Ming dynasty blue and white porcelain to delicate painted handscrolls and magnificent Tang dynasty tomb figures, this introductory tour will give you a deep appreciation for some of the magnificent objects on display.

Galleries included on this tour: Room 33



An introduction to ancient Greece

Embark on a guided journey through ancient Greece exploring some of the extraordinary highlights of the Museum’s exceptional collection. Uncover fascinating finds from this ancient civilisation, including spectacular painted Mycenaean and Greek pottery, bronze armour and iconic works from across the Mediterranean. You will see iconic sculptures from the Parthenon and splendid tombs from ancient Lycia in modern Turkey.

Galleries included on this tour: Rooms 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 23.



Ticket prices

Adult £30.00

Members £27.00

Child 5-15 years £15.00

Accompanied by a paying adult

Child under 5 free - accompanied by a paying adult (no booking required)

Concessions £27.00

Student, unemployed, disabled person

Disabled person’s companion free (no booking required)