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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


International touring exhibitions
A museum of the world for the world

The British Museum aims to share its collection of over eight million objects from across the globe with a worldwide audience. The international touring exhibition programme allows this rich and diverse collection and museum expertise to be brought to museums and galleries around the world.

For more information about the British Museum's international touring exhibitions, please contact:



Blue pin = loan exhibition currently on tour

Lewis king chess piece

Treasures of the World's Cultures

Explore 2 million years of history with a stunning selection of the British Museum’s finest objects.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Travel back in time and across the globe to see how humans have shaped, and been shaped by, the world over the past two million years.

Pharaoh: King of Egypt

Pharaoh: King of Egypt

Explore the myths and realities of Egypt’s ancient rulers.

Frederick Hendrik Van Hove, The famous Porcupine, engraving, second half of the 17th century

Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya

Exploring some of the beautiful and bizarre imagery of the animal world from the British Museum's print collection.

Marble statue of a boy on horseback

The horse in history and art

A celebration of the contribution horses have made to cultures and nations throughout history, using some of the Museum's great equine treasures.

The Wingham Disc Brooch

Medieval Europe AD 400–1500

Walk through 1,000 years of history and learn about wars, faith and culture through objects of great beauty and importance, from stained glass windows to jewellery.

International partners

The British Museum has worked with a large variety of institutions and museums globally to bring British Museum exhibitions to an international audience.

All international partners 



For information about hosting a British Museum exhibition, please contact internationaltours@britishmuseum.org