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10 essential works to see in the British Museum

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This list of the best works to see in the British Museum London will help you prepare a route through one of the most important museums in the world, without missing anything.

This museum, opened in 1759, has become thanks to its extensive collection of key works in the history of mankind, the third most visited museum in the world, behind the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan in New York. Although the origin and how some of his masterpieces were achieved are not exempt from controversy, the conservation work of the museum must be taken into account in addition to what it has meant for the city.

Although the museum is free, like most of the best museums in London, it is highly recommended to know the history of the museum and not miss any important pieces, book this guided tour in Spanish with an expert in art and history or this free tour by the museum Free!
In case you don't want to take a guided tour you can rent an audio guide in Spanish for 7 pounds, buy a small book with the 10 best works for 2 pounds or another more complete book for 6 pounds.
The duration of the visit to the British Museum can vary from an hour and a half to see the 10 main works until a whole day, if you are an amateur or lover of art and history.

Based on the three times we have visited this great museum, during the last time we were in the city we wrote this travel guide to London step by step, we have made this list of those that are for us, the 10 essential works to see in the British Museum. We start!

Museum Details

To get to the British Museum, one of the most essential places to visit in London, the best option is to take the red metro line and get off at the Holborn or Tottenham Court Road stops. If you do not have any metro stop nearby, you can opt for the bus by taking any of these lines: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 that stop at New Oxford Street, 10, 14, 24 , 29, 73, 134, 390 stopping at Tottenham Court Road and 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188 that stop at Southampton Row.
The museum opens every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Friday that closes at 8:30 p.m.

We recommend arriving early in the morning, half an hour before opening, and avoiding on weekends, in order to tour the museum with less people and more tranquility.
Keep in mind that if the visit is extended, the site has several restaurants perfect for a quick lunch and coffee.


1. The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta stone, which was key in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, is the most famous piece to see in the British Museum. This great advance in the knowledge of one of the most transcendental civilizations in history, came about thanks to the fact that this rock fragment has the same decree from the year 196 B.C. in three different writings: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic writing and ancient Greek.
The Rosetta stone was found in the Egyptian city of Rashid (Rosetta) during the Napoleon Bonaparte campaign in Egypt and was later transferred from French to British hands during the Napoleonic wars.
Location: Room 4 of the Ancient Egypt area.

David vases

Other pieces that could be perfectly included in this list of 10 works to see in the British Museum they are the bust of Ramses II, the footprints of Buddha, the Cylinder of Cyrus, the plates of Benin, the goddess Bodhisattva Tara, the Helm of Sutton Hoo, the list of kings, the head of Augustus, the Royal Game of Ur, the Warren Cup, the Hinton St Mary Mosaic and the Gold Layer, among many others.

If you feel like helping us complete the list of the 10 works to see at the British Museum in London, add your favorite in the comments.

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