1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. National Gallery

National Gallery and The British Museum Guided Tour

Product ID: 74167
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Spend your time wisely by discovering two of London’s most important – and popular – museums in the same day on a 5 hour guided tour. The enthusiastic young guides will take guests on this comprehensive visit of the city’s best galleries.
About this activity
Duration 5 - 5.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the artwork
  • Learn more about the great masters
  • Go to two of the most visited museums in the world
Full description
Begin your tour by learning about the master painters whose names fill the halls of the National Gallery. Instead of wandering aimlessly, let the guides immerse you in the stories and history behind some of the world’s most famous artists. You’ve heard of Van Gogh and da Vinci, but what do you really know about them? Learn about the painters behind the paintings as you browse through the works by masters like Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. If none of those names mean anything to you, we’ll make sure that all changes by the end of the tour. The National Gallery houses a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, so there is no shortage of choice. View da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s “Bathers at Asnières” to witness the changing styles over the centuries. During this semi-private tour, you will be armed with the information and history that you’ll need to appreciate the 2300 paintings on display at one of the world’s most visited museums.

After a break for lunch, you will be ready to explore culture and civilizations through the monumental collection at the British Museum. Your guide will lead you through 6000 years of sculptures, jewelry and artifacts, acting like a living Rosetta Stone to help you understand these pieces – and yes, you’ll see the real Rosetta Stone while you’re at it. Your guides will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries’ old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet and the Lewis Chessmen, among other historic objects. Leave the tour with an understanding of what we humans have achieved during our short history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species.

Highlights Generally Include:
(if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) A Young Woman standing at a Virginal, Sunflowers, The Madonna of the Pinks ('La Madonna dei Garofani’), The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus’), The Virgin of the Rocks from Panels from the S. Francesco Altarpiece, The Ambassadors, The Arnolfini Portrait, Venus and Mars, The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen,Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour
Includes
  • Private and semi-private options
  • Professional local tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet by the red telephone booth closest to the main gate of British Museum (outside the gates of the museum by the red telephone booth situated to the left of the main gates of the museum). In case you have trouble finding the meeting point please contact your guide. Bring your valid photo ID. By Car: 51 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3BA, UK (meeting point will be in front of you on the museum side walk outside of the entrance gates)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
Please note:
• A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• There will be a lunch break between the museum visits (at your own expense)
• This tour is offered as either a private tour or a semi-private tour (8 guests maximum)
• Available daily
• Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Product ID: 74167