British Museum Audio

In-app purchases
101 reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app

Start your visit early, make the most of your time at the Museum and explore the diverse collection from the comfort of your own home.

Bring your headphones with you or purchase earbuds from the Guide Desk and British Museum Shop.

The British Museum app features:

• Expert commentaries on 250 highlight objects from the collection
• 65 gallery introductions available for free
• Audio, video, text and images provide in-depth information
• Self-guided tours for exploring the Museum, from ancient Egypt to Medieval Europe
• A space where you can add objects to favourites
• Practical visiting information to help you prepare for your visit and find your way around the Museum

Prices (in-app purchases)
Full bundle per language £4.99 (introductory offer)
Themed tour per language £1.99–£2.99

How to use this app

Take a self-guided tour
Choose from one of the self-guided tours which each explore a theme – from Top Ten to Ancient Egypt. Each tour has an audio introduction, providing background information and context, before guiding you around the Museum.

Explore the collection
View some of the British Museum’s most popular objects at a glance. Browse pictures of all the objects in the Audio app by culture and theme – and see how the collection is displayed within the galleries – then decide what you want to explore.

Dive deeper
Listen to a diverse selection of commentaries featured in the Audio app. Using the latest research, they provide new insights into the British Museum collection.

Enjoy expert commentaries from curators in five languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish, British Sign Language and Chinese.

Look for audio guide symbol
The Audio app covers 250 objects in the permanent galleries – when you see the audio guide symbol on cases or next to objects, enter the number using the keypad on the app for audio commentaries and other information.

Create your own list of favourite British Museum objects by adding objects to the Favourites page as you explore the Museum on the app.
Updated on
Feb 6, 2023

Data safety

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No data shared with third parties
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No data collected
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Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
101 reviews
Eacata Gregory
August 27, 2022
Downloaded the app despite all the comments about it's major feature not working because the replies from the Museum stated the issue had been fixed. Well it has NOT been fixed. I have been trying to purchase the tours for an hour now to no avail. Oh well, the in app map is nice. UPDATE: after several restarts it finally started to work! Absolutely great resource
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The British Museum
September 30, 2022
Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed using the Audio app. Please do let us know at if the issue comes up again.
Darrell Hannan
July 13, 2022
Hooray! In-app payment now works so we can now purchase the additional tours (much better buying the whole bundle). It's great to have the whole museum guide available in your pocket. The audio reocordings are excellent. I'm really looking forward to my next visit where I can browse the collections using the app. Thanks for sorting out the purchase issue.
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Brian Wilkening
June 6, 2022
The app is just okay. The info is great and I'm glad I had it but you have to keep the app and your phone open for it to work, so the audio stops if you close your phone or use another app, which is annoying if you want to take a picture of the item you are looking at while at the same time listen to the audio. And it is glitchy to the point that I had to completely close the app and reopen if I ever used a different app. It could be that we were there on a very busy day though.
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The British Museum
June 9, 2022
Hi, thank you for your feedback. We have just released a new app update (v.1.0.4) to fix the audio issue. You should now be able to listen to the audio without having to stay in the app / leave the screen on all the time.

What's new

- Improvements and bug fixes