Visiting information

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30

Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

If you’re planning to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, youcan read specific visiting information about this exhibitionhere.

Members do not need to book for our special exhibitions and justneed to present their Membership cards at theexhibition entrance. If you need a temporaryMembership card one can always be collected from the MembershipDesk in the Great Court.

Please be aware that security searches are now taking placeprior to entry to the Museum. The Museum will be working tominimise queues, but we advise that you factor this into your visitif planning to arrive at the Museum for a set time.  Membersare reminded that their dedicated, free cloakroom is located justinside the Montague Place entrance.

Members who are bringing luggage with them are encouraged tocheck theMuseum’s cloakroom policies.


 Members' evening May 2016

During the opening and closing of our special exhibitions weexpect higher numbers of visitors to attend at this time. If largenumbers of Members are visiting either exhibition during any onetime we may ask Members to collect a ticket to gain entry at alater time on the same day.

If you wish to visit at a particular time during thesebusy times and would like to be added to the guaranteed entry listfor a specific time slot, please phone the Membership Officeon +44 (0)20 7323 8195 at least one working day before yourvisit.  This system aims to ensure your experience ofthe exhibition is not compromised by over-crowding.

Upcoming exhibitions

Scythians:warriors of ancient Siberia

14 September – 14 January2018

This major exhibition explores the story ofthe Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, whoflourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their encounters with theGreeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but forcenturies all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath theice.

Discoveries of ancient tombs have unearthed a wealth of Scythiantreasures. Amazingly preserved in the permafrost, clothes andfabrics, food and weapons, spectacular gold jewellery – evenmummified warriors and horses – are revealing the truth about thesepeople’s lives. These incredible finds tell the story of a richcivilisation, which eventually stretched from its homeland inSiberia as far as the Black Sea and even the edge of China.

Many of the objects in this stunning exhibition are on loan fromthe State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Scientists andarchaeologists are continuing to discover more about these warriorsand bring their stories back to life.

Explore their lost world and discover the splendour, thesophistication and the sheer power of the mysterious Scythians.

Supported by BP