The British Museum
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
020 7323 8299
Founded in 1753, The British Museum is home to an astonishing range of objects from cultures across the world. The free Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts, which illuminate the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present day. The British Museum is a vast place, with over seventy galleries and a huge range of extraordinary objects. The rooms are organised by geography, history and theme. This guide is organised using the same sections and will help you plan an accessible visit. You can read comprehensive guides for each section of the Museum below.
The accessibility information in the guide aims to assist potential visitors with disabilities to The British Museum so they can find out about access in advance. The British Museum has been visited and assessed in person by a highly trained DisabledGo surveyor, who has looked at a whole range of accessibility features.
Getting Here and Parking
Main Entrance and Inside Access
The British Museum - Africa
The Museum’s collection of over 200,000 African items encompasses archaeological and contemporary material from across the continent.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's African gallery click here
The British Museum - Americas
The comprehensive Americas collections here at the British Museum capture and express the narratives of humanity from North, Central and South America.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's Americas collection click here
The British Museum - Ancient Egypt
The collection from ancient Egypt and Sudan illustrates every aspect of the ancient Nile Valley culture from Neolithic times (about 10,000 BC), down to Late Antiquity when Christianity became the main religion in Egypt (around AD 400-800).
To see information about accessing The British Museum's collection from ancient Egypt click here
The British Museum - Ancient Greece and Rome
The Greek and Roman galleries display objects from the Bronze Age until the fall of Rome (about 3200 BC to AD 476). They show the expansion of the Greek world across the Mediterranean and beyond, the growth of increasingly powerful Italian cultures and their coming together in the Roman Empire.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's Greek and Roman galleries click here
The British Museum - Asia
These galleries display objects exploring the history and culture of Chinese, South and Southeast Asian, Korean and Japanese cultures from prehistoric times to the present day.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's Asian gallery click here
The British Museum - Europe
The European collection covers the cultures and long history of Britain and other parts of Europe. It includes some of the best-known prehistoric and Roman material found in Britain, reflecting aspects of life in these islands from the time of the hunter-gatherers to that of the Roman province of Britannia.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's European collection click here
The British Museum - Middle East
This collection covers the ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures of the Middle East from the Neolithic period until the present.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's collection from the Middle East click here
The British Museum - Themes
This section covers seven themed galleries: Enlightenment, Collecting the World, The Waddesdon Bequest, Living and Dying, Clocks and Watches, Money and Prints and Drawings.
To see information about accessing The British Museum's Themed galleries click here
The Great Court
The Great Court is a central hub where visitors can find services and facilities to support their visit to the Museum. Services that are accessible within the Great Court are - Information Desk, Membership and Tickets Desk, Audio Guide Desk, Families Desk, Great Court Café, Great Court Restaurant, accessible and standard toilets, book shop and gift shops.
Conference and Education Facilities
For school trips to the museum the Ford Centre for Young Visitors can be made available, it is situated on level -1 and has level access via the south lifts from the entrance foyer. Conference and events facilities are available via The Clore Centre for Education, which is located on floor -2 below the Great Court. There is level access to the Clore Centre using the south lifts, in the Great Russell Street entrance foyer and also by the lifts in the Great Court.
Eating and Drinking at the Museum
There are a number of food and drink areas within The British Museum, including the Gallery cafe located on the ground floor, at the rear of Room 12 Ancient Greece, Montague Place cafe located in the main foyer at the Montague place entrance, The Great Court cafe located at the rear of the great court, Great Court restaurant on Level 3 of the great court and a café located on level 3 to the left after you exit the lift.To see information about the food and drink facilities please click here
Shops are available via the Great Court.
The Members Room
The Members Room includes a café and study area and is exclusively for British Museum members. The Members' Room is located on Level 1. There is direct access to the members room via the west lift. Please contact the British Museum about becoming a member.