Tour groups of 10 people or more must now book their visit at least seven days in advance. Groups without an advance booking may be denied immediate entry.*
For group entry to exhibitions, see oppositebelow. A separate booking to enter the Museum is not required.
School groups: see the School visits page
Groups requiring special access: see below.
*This new policy is due to the significant increase in tour group visitors to the Museum and is intended to make the visitor experience more pleasant for all visitors. We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support with these changes.
Groups must now enter the Museum via the King Edward entrance on Montague Place, WC1E 7JW.
This entrance provides more space for groups, as well as dedicated coach parking.
The Museum is easily accessible by public transport. More on how to get here
Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking at Montague Place.
Parking spaces may be booked for minibuses for people with mobility impairments. Please phone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance. You will be asked for the registration number, make and model of vehicle.
Discounts are available for group visits to exhibitions on weekdays, minimum 10 people, organiser goes free.
Groups must book in advance on
+44 (0)20 7323 8181 or by emailing email@example.com.
Groups with an exhibition booking do not need a separate booking to enter the Museum.
Special group discounts
Fine dining or café-style, there are menu options for all budgets. Free meals for group organisers: 10–20 guests, one free meal; 21–35 guests, two free meals.
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
Discover specific areas of the British Museum's remarkable collection
Allow 1 hour for the tour and an extra hour if group lunch is required. £9 per person, minimum £135 (max 20 people per tour).
New Museum highlights tour, Around the World in 90 Minutes. Allow 1.5 hours for the tour and en extra hour if lunch is required. £12 per person, minimum £180 (max 20 people per tour).
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please book at least two weeks in advance.
Full-colour guidebooks can be bought from all British Museum shops, available in 11 languages. Save 10% when you buy 5 or more. Redeem at till point or contact Victoria Barton on +44 (0)20 3073 4924 or VBarton@britishmuseum.org for more details.
Discover over 200 highlight objects in the Museum's collection, either at your own pace or through a selection of tours, available in 10 languages.
To reserve Multimedia Guides for groups of more than eight people, please contact the Multimedia Guide desk at +44 (0)20 7323 8881 between 10.00–17.00, Monday – Friday.
For advice and special assistance
If any of your group require access provision, please contact the Access Team, at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 (0)20 7323 8299 or email email@example.com
Access provision for groups can include:
- Accompanied visits with a Museum volunteer
- Tailored handling sessions around a group-specific interest area for learning disabled
- Tailored sign interpreted talks addressing group-specific interest areas of the collection
Frequently asked questions
1. How large does the group have to be for advance booking to be necessary?
2. Will a fee be charged for group bookings?
Groups can book free of charge on the British Museum shop online.
3. Can we book without seven days’ notice?
We encourage booking seven days in advance as this assists us with planning, but you will still be able to book up until the evening before your visit.
4. How important is it to keep to the entry time?
We want all groups to choose a timeslot as close as possible to when they wish to arrive so we can get an idea of peak times and numbers, which will assist us with both entry control and planning. We are aware that unforeseen circumstances – e.g. bad traffic – can affect your plans, so we will aim to be flexible where possible. If you arrive later than planned, please let the staff member at the entrance know what time you were due.
5. If numbers change after a booking is made, can the booking be amended?
If there are a few extra (or fewer) people in the group, there is no need to amend the booking; just let the staff member know when you enter. If the group will be significantly larger (i.e. 20-30 extra people), please make a second booking for the extra people in the same timeslot.
6. How can we make a cancellation?
To cancel your booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7323 8181.
7. How long can we stay once inside?
The time on your booking is your arrival time only. Once inside, there is no limit to the time you can spend in the Museum subject to our usual opening and closing times.
8. Are there any areas where guiding is not allowed?
Due to a lack of space and high visitor numbers, we do not allow guiding in Rooms 62–63 (Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies). Otherwise, please be mindful of the needs of other visitors and try not to block exits or access routes when guiding through the Museum.
9. Will we be turned away if we do not have a booking?
Please try to book seven days in advance to ensure that your visit runs as smoothly as possible. Currently, groups that have not booked will not be turned away, but you may find that your visit is delayed, or that you are not able to enter immediately.
10. What happens if we have visitors with specific access requirements in our group?
The King Edward Entrance on Montague Place is accessible to all visitors. Any group arriving at the main gates will be asked to walk round to the King Edward entrance. However, if members of the group are unable to make this walk, exceptions may be made.
11. Once we have checked in at the North Entrance can we exit and re-enter through
the front gates?
A group arriving at the front gates having already checked in at the Museum will still be asked to use the King Edward Entrance on Montague Place.
12. Are school groups included?
There is a separate booking process for school groups – see the School visits page. School groups are not currently required to use the King Edward entrance, although they may do so if it is more convenient.