Taking photographs in the Museum

Hand-held cameras, including cameras fitted with flash bulbs or electronic flash units, may be used for private purposes in the galleries unless otherwise indicated.

Private photography in the galleries requiring the use of a stand, special lighting or other equipment is only permitted by prior arrangement with the Broadcast Unit. You must apply for permission at least ten working days beforehand, indicating which objects you proposed to photograph and the galleries in which the objects are situated.

The Broadcast Unit deals with all professional and commercial requests to photograph exhibits and locations within the Museum. Commercial or professional photography must be arranged in advance through the Broadcast Unit.

Contact the Broadcast Unit by emailing

Purchasing images

For all commercial use requests and all licensing enquiries, please contact BM Images 

A selection of art prints is available to buy from the British Museum Online Shop 

Commissioning photography

Requests for new photography carried out by our in-house photographers should be directed to 

Non-commercial image service

The Museum offers free use of images for non-commercial publications with a print run of no more than 4,000. You will need to register to use this service. Please see full terms and conditions for use of images.

Find the image you want using one of the searches below and select the Use digital image button.

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