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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


Members' Room
A haven away from the crowds


Make yourself at home

The perfect setting to take some time out over coffee or lunch and plan or reflect upon your visit. Facilities include a Members’ café, study area and free Wi-Fi.

The room boasts magnificent views over the Great Court and quick and easy access to the galleries in the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre.

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30
Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

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Key information

View of Great Court from Members' Room

About the Members' Room

Useful information about this exclusive space at the centre of the British Museum.

Explore the room

Mezzanine floor

Take a look at the space

The Members' Room includes a café, comfortable seating, desk spaces and free wifi.

Become a Member

Members' event

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Enjoy exclusive benefits including access to the Members' Room.


The British Museum Friends would like to thank Eva Lorant.

She was a loyal and longstanding Member. The development of the Members' Room was made possible by the generous gift left to the British Museum Friends in her Will.

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