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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.

Members who are bringing luggage with them to the Museum are encouraged to check the Museum’s cloakroom policies.


Planning your visit

The BP Exhibition
Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

The BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation will run from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 2 August 2015.

Please note that, due to copyright and cultural issues associated with this exhibition, photography is not permitted.

Members do not need to pre-book to visit this exhibition. However, during busy periods such as the opening week as well as at 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 will only be 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' mornings

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

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

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 15, 16 June
1 July


Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

Drawing in silver and gold
Leonardo to Jasper Johns

10 September – 6 December 2015

Organised by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the British Museum, London

Explore the development of the artistic technique of metalpoint from the Renaissance to the present, and discover how the technical challenge of the medium has inspired generations of artists.

Members do not need to pre-book to visit this exhibition. However, due to the size of the exhibition, during busy periods such as the opening week as well as at 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 you wish to visit at a particular time and would like to be added to the guaranteed entry list for this timeslot, 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 will only be 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.


Celts: art and identity

24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016

Organised with National Museums Scotland

Supported by
In memory of Melvin R Seiden
Sheila M Streek
Stephen and Julie Fitzgerald
Fund for the Future donors

This is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity, and is organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland. The story unfolds over 2,500 years, from the first recorded mention of ‘Celts’ to an exploration of contemporary Celtic influences. Discover how this identity has been revived and reinvented over the centuries, across Britain, Europe and beyond.

Members do not need to pre-book to visit this exhibition. However, during busy periods such as the opening week as well as at 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 will only be 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' mornings

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

School groups will use the exhibition space as a learning environment on these mornings:

28 September 2015
4, 8, 14, 19, 23 October 2015
4, 16, 19, 24, 26 November 2015
2, 3, 7, 10, 14 December 2015
12, 20 January 2016