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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

 

Visiting information

General opening hours

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

Members may be asked to collect a ticket for entry at a later time the same day to special exhibitions during peak times, such as lunchtimes and weekends.


Ancient lives, new discoveries
 

Planning your visit

Members do not need to pre-book to visit Ancient lives, new discoveries. However, the number of people who can visit each day will be much smaller than many of our recent exhibitions. This is owing to the sensitive nature of the materials within the exhibition and because of the interactive technology involved.

Therefore during busy periods, such as lunchtimes and weekends, we may ask you to pick up a timed ticket at the exhibition entrance (for admission at a later time on the same day). If such a delay would present problems for you and you would prefer to specify exactly when you want to visit the exhibition – perhaps because you have a long journey to the Museum – please phone the Membership Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 at least one working day before your visit. Please note, this replaces the advance booking facility which Members received a letter about as this has proved unnecessary - to date, Member entry into Ancient lives, new discoveries has run without delays.

Children under 16 get free entry to the exhibition, however we advise you book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. There is only a limited number of tickets available at the Ticket Desk each day. Tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone.

Schools' morning

As part of the Museum’s ongoing outreach to younger audiences, there will be a number of schools’ mornings in the Ancient lives, new discoveries exhibition.

School groups will use the exhibition space as a learning environment between 10.00 and 12.00 on these dates:

14, 20, 28 January
3, 25 February
3, 11, 18 March

The BP exhibition: 
Ming: 50 years that changed China

Planning your visit

Children under 16 get free entry to the exhibition, however we advise you book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. There is only a limited number of tickets available at the Ticket Desk each day. Tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone.

Schools' morning

As part of the Museum’s ongoing outreach to younger audiences, there will be a number of schools’ mornings in the Ming exhibition.

School groups will use the exhibition space as a learning environment  between 10.00 and 12.00 on these dates:

4, 11, 18 December

Germany: memories of a nation


 

Planning your visit

We are pleased to announce that Germany: memories of a nation will be open for extended hours on the following days:

  • Saturday 17 January 2015 (the exhibition will open at 09:00 and close at 19:00)
  • Sunday 18 January 2015 (the exhibition will open at 09:00 but close as normal at 17:30)
  • Saturday 24 January 2015 (the exhibition will open at 09:00 and close at 19:00)
  • Sunday 25 January 2015 (the exhibition will open at 09:00 but close as normal at 17:30)

Please note the time above indicates when the exhibition closes; last entry for Members will be slightly earlier than this.

Members do not need to pre-book to visit Germany: memories of a nation. However, during busy periods such as lunchtimes and weekends, we may ask you  to pick up a timed ticket at the exhibition entrance (for admission at a later time on the same day). If such a delay would present problems for you and you would prefer to specify exactly when you want to visit the exhibition – perhaps because you have a long journey to the Museum – please phone the Membership Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 at least one working day before your visit.

Children under 16 get free entry to the exhibition, however we advise you book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. There is only a limited number of tickets available at the Ticket Desk each day. Tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone.