The British Museum
EXPLORE THE WORLD
As the first national museum in the world to open to the public back in 1759, this impressive museum houses important pieces of history. Enjoy a beautiful, 30-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel to the British Museum, and explore collections covering 2 million years of human history.
With over 8 million exciting exhibits and only 24 hours in a day, we suggest visiting The British Museum more than once, and preferably in the morning where it is at its quietest. Get more out of your visit and grab a map when you enter, or purchase one of the audio tours.
- Stroll through ancient Iran
- Visit Roman Britain
- Lose yourself in the indigenous African culture
- Discover Egyptian and Nubian life
What to see at the British Museum
Some of the world’s most famous artefacts are on display at The British Museum.
- The Rosetta Stone, the key which unlocked the code of ancient hieroglyphs.
- Ancient Egyptian mummies and mummified animals
- Explore the collection of Samurai armour
- Check out the impressive Lewis Chessman set
- Marvel at the collection of Greek sculptures known as the Parthenon “Elgin” Marbles that once adorned the Parthenon in Athens
- Find the Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs – one of the finest examples of Assyrian art, these sculpted reliefs show the sporting exploits of King Ashurbanipal
The building itself is worth seeing with its Greek temple-style entrance. The Great Court covers the square at the centre of the museum and is Europe’s largest covered square.
Plan your visit from the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel
- Entrance is free, although charges apply for special exhibitions
- Open daily 10:00 – 17.30 (Fridays until 20:30)
- 30-minute walk from Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, along Oxford Street
- 20 minutes with the tube, taking the Central Line from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road and walk for 5 minutes.