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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
Exclusive openings
for Members

Special exhibition opening
times for Members

Members and the general public can now enjoy extended visiting hours to special exhibitions (there is no need to pre-book if you are a Member). Please note these hours may be subject to change, so you are advised to check this page for the latest information before visiting.

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, owing to the sensitive nature of the materials within the exhibition and because of the interactive technology involved, the number of people who can visit each day will be much smaller than many of our recent exhibitions.

Therefore during busy periods, such as lunchtimes and weekends, you may be asked 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.

Please be aware that whilst entry is free for children under 16, it is advisable to book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the Ticket Desk each day. Please note that tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone. The exhibition will be open during the Members’ evening on 22 September, 18.15 – 22.00 (last entry to the exhibition 20.50).

Schools' morning

As part of the Museum’s ongoing outreach to younger audiences, Ancient lives, new discoveies will host a number of schools’ mornings. Please be aware that between 10.00 and 12.00 on these dates the exhibition space will be used as a learning environment by school groups and their teachers and accompanying adults:

22, 24 September
2, 3, 7, 16, 17, 22 October
4, 6, November

The BP exhibition: Ming: 50 years that changed China

Planning your visit

Members do not need to pre-book to visit the Ming exhibition. However, during busy periods, such as during the exhibition’s opening weeks and at lunchtimes and weekends, you may be asked to pick up a timed ticketat the exhibition entrance (for admission at a later time on the same day).

Please be aware that whilst children under 16 get free entry to the exhibition, it is advisable to book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the Ticket Desk each day. Please note that tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone. The exhibition will be open during the Members’ evening on 22 September, 18.15 – 22.00 (last entry to the exhibition 20.50).

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.

Please be aware that between 10.00 and 12.00 on these dates the exhibition space will be used as a learning environment by school groups and their teachers/accompanying adults:

26, 29 September
2, 9, 16 October
20 November
1, 4, 11, 18 December

Germany: memories of a nation

Planning your visit

Members do not need to pre-book to visit Germany: memories of a nation. However, during busy periods such as lunchtimes and weekends, you may be asked 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 be aware that while entry is free for children under 16, it is advisable to book children’s tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the Ticket Desk each day. Please note that tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by phone. The exhibition will be open during the Members’ evening on 3 November, 18.15–22.00 (last entry to the exhibition 20.50).