Visiting Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave as a Member

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life. The exhibition will be extremely busy until it closes on 13 August. We encourage you to book for one of the out-of-hours opportunities listed below to ensure you have the best experience when visiting. If you visit during normal opening hours please be aware that you may not be able to walk straight into the exhibition. However, if you know in advance the date and time you wish to visit, please email the Membership Office to be added to the Guaranteed Entry list – see details below.


Event at the Museum

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Under the Wave off Kanagawa. Colour woodblock print, c. 1831. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund.

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Visiting on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July
Please note that, due to filming taking place overnight, the main entrance on Great Russell Street will be closed from 18.00 on Saturday 29 July until 11.00 on Sunday 30 July. During this period access to the Museum will be via the North Entrance on Montague Place. There will be a fast track lane for Members and ticket-holders at the North Entrance. The queue for exhibition walk-up tickets (available from 09.00) will be at the North Entrance on Sunday 30 July. Place.

Due to popular demand, the following out-of-hours opportunities are available for Members to see the exhibition free. Members will need to book in advance online to see the exhibition at these times.

Saturday 29 July early morning viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 30 July early morning viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Monday 31 July late night viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 5 August early morning viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 6 August early morning viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Monday 7 August early morning viewing

Monday 7 August late night viewing – FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 9 August early morning viewing

Thursday 10 August early morning viewing

Friday 11 August early morning viewing

Check the latest information

We will update this webpage throughout the exhibition run with any important information about visiting as a Member. Sign up to Membership emails to ensure you’re receiving the most up-to-date information from us.

Plan your visit

On the general visiting information page, you can see the full opening hours, security and luggage regulations and details of the cloakroom facilities. Note that you may be asked to produce identification along with your Membership card, to verify that you are the Member named on the card.

Please book a free ticket for any Under 16s who are accompanying you to the exhibition.

Let us know you’re coming

If you plan to visit at a specific time please email the Membership Office at at least one working day before your visit and we will add you to the guaranteed entry list.

Avoid the most popular times

Weekends are among the most popular times to visit. If the exhibition reaches capacity and you’re not on the guaranteed entry list, we may ask you to collect a ticket for entry at a later time on the same day. We can suggest some other displays in the Museum for you to visit while you wait.

Consider visiting during one of our out-of-hours opportunities, on a weekday or a Friday night when exhibitions tend to be quieter. Although the last entry for ticket purchasers is 80 minutes before the exhibition closes, Members can enter the exhibition at any time until closing (17.30 daily, 20.20 on Fridays).

Make the most of your Membership

Membership entitles you to 10% off purchases in the Museum’s shops, cafes and restaurant as well as access to the Members’ Room. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition and explore the range of associated merchandise.

Find out more about Hokusai

Check out the British Museum blog, follow our social media channels and subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more stories and images from the exhibition and the life of this remarkable artist.

A DVD of the ground-breaking documentary about the artist which was recently shown on BBC Four is available to purchase through the British Museum online shop.

Contact the Membership Office

Phone on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 or email

The Membership Office is open 9.30 to 17.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10.00 to 17.00 Tuesday.
Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Alternatively visit the Membership Desk located in the Great Court.