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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



Opening hours

Great Court

Free admission
Open daily 10.00–17.30

1 January 
10.00-11.00 Friday 23 January 2014 details  
Good Friday

Full opening hours 

Planned closures

Planned and temporary gallery closures 

Fridays open until 20.30

Except Good Friday

Friday lates programme 
Galleries open late on Fridays 

Getting here


British Museum
Great Russell Street

How to get here 

Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn,
Russell Square, Goodge Street

More about getting here 

Full visitor regulations (pdf)