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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 – current touring exhibition   Green pin – upcoming touring exhibition

Journey through the afterlife

Journey through the afterlife:
ancient Egyptian book of the dead

A stunning exhibition of the extremely rare and beautiful Book of the Dead papyri, mummies and funerary equipment.

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

The British Museum holds one of the worlds’ finest collections of artefacts from Ancient Egypt and is at the forefront of research in the field of Egyptology.


The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

A visually engaging and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition, seen through ancient Greek eyes.


The Art of Jewellery

Celebrating the beauty and meaning of stunning jewellery.

Carved magnesite statue of Ashurnasirpal II

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Explore the innovations, beliefs, artistic craftsmanship, power and legacy of Mesopotamia through a wide range of spectacular artefacts.

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.

The Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: a new beginning for the Middle East

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world.

Mask for No theatre. Hannya. Made of painted wood.

Fantastic Creatures

A colourful menagerie of mythical creatures and beasts.

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Head of a Monk (detail). Black chalk and grey wash, c. 1635–1655

Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain

One of the finest collections of Spanish drawings in the world, seen outside the UK for the first time

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.

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