Past Civilisations: the British Museum and National Gallery - Private Tour

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Accompany an expert through two vast collections of the world’s greatest cultural monuments at the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

London is renown the world over for its spectacular museums, and the best way to see the best of the best in the city is to be led through by a private, expert guide. On your private tour you will:

  • Tour the British Museum, one of Britain’s preeminent museums for history and culture. 
  • Navigate to the highlights of its millions of objects
  • See the Rosetta Stone, the Easter Island statue, and the Elgin Marbles
  • Enjoy a fantastic, easy walk from Bloomsbury to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
  • Tour the National Gallery, seeing some of the world’s most famous art pieces.
  •  See works by Van Gogh, Turner, Rubens, Seurat, Raphael, Vermeer, Da Vinci, and many more.
  • Finish your tour at the National Gallery, where you can continue exploring on your own or ask your guide for local recommendations. 
Your private tour of two of London’s best museums will help you navigate through the immensity of the collections to the must-see highlights, along with any curiosities which intrigue you. First, start at one of the oldest museums in the world, it houses millions of items in over 70 galleries. Comb some of humankind's greatest archaeological artifacts, and learn of their significance. See relics and artistic curiosities from lost times and civilizations – from mummies, priceless armor, and ancient coins to architectural marvels. Hear of their discovery, from the adventures of old British explorers, medieval tomb raiders to spoils of war. 

You will see the Rosetta Stone, the Easter Island Moai, the Sutton Hoo, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Parthenon marbles, as well as many other remarkable objects as part of an unmissable day of discovery and mystery.

Then, you’ll enjoy a brief walk through central London, with your guide showing you the best spots to explore after your tour, as you walk to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. With the help of your guide, you will delve beyond the superficial and gain a deeper understanding of the hidden meaning and mystique in some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art. With over 2300 paintings ranging over 7 centuries and works from some of the most prolific artists, including Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Holbein, the National Gallery will not fail to ignite your imagination. Your tour ends at the National Gallery, but your guide will also take time to tell you where to best spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the gallery. 


Tour duration
4 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
Reserved entrance time to the British Museum
Reserved entrance time to the National Gallery
Expert local guide

Other inclusions
Gratuities not included
Food & Drinks not included

Suitable for
Arty Farty, Couples, Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious, Master, Seniors

Attractions along this route:

British Museum
The first national museum of England, full of some of the world's most important archaeological finds.

National Gallery
One of the most famous art museums in the world, it houses work spanning from the middle ages to the modern era.

The Rosetta Stone
A stone slab found in 1799 which became key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Parthenon Marbles
A collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures and architectural pieces from the Acropolis of Athens.
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