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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

 

Access

Lift   steps

Museum entrances

The Great Russell Street entrance has 12 steps with a handrail.

There are self-operable lifts on both sides of the steps.

There is level access at the Montague Place entrance.

For information: +44 (0)20 7323 8299 

Lift   Lift

Lifts and access to galleries

The majority of galleries and all special exhibitions are fully accessible.

Free plans of the Museum are available in the Great Court, these show the location of lifts.

View the location of lifts and galleries on the floorplan 

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Disabled parking

There are a limited number of parking space available for disabled visitors to the Museum. 

Please telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance.

You will need to provide the details of the registration number, make and model of vehicle and the date of your visit. 

toilets   disabled toilets

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets in the Great Court, the Ford Centre for Young Visitors, the Clore Education Centre and to the north of Room 66.

Ask at the Information Desk in the Great Court.

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Borrow a wheelchair

Wheelchairs are available at both entrances to borrow for your visit.

Unfortunately the Museum cannot provide assistance around the Museum for wheelchair users.

Companion tickets to all exhibitions and events are free of charge.

Please telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance.

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Guide and assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. Dog bowls are available.

Ask at the Information Desk in the Great Court.

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Seating

There are benches and stools in the Great Court. Seating is available in selected galleries.

Ask at the Information Desk in the Great Court.

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Concessions for exhibitions

Concessions for paying exhibitions are available for disabled visitors. A companion ticket is also provided free of charge. Some paying exhibitions have designated opening times for disabled visitors.

See all exhibitions 

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Sound enhancement system / Induction loops

Induction loops operate in the Clore Centre and Information Desk.

A sound enhancement system with portable induction loops is available for most gallery talks and eyeOpener tours.

BSL

British Sign Language (BSL)

Signed gallery talks are programmed once a month at the Museum.

See events calendar 

BSL Multimedia Guide of 200 objects available 

BSL translations of 18 highlight objects 

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Handling sessions

The Museum runs daily hands on sessions in selected galleries 

Touch tours

A touch tour is available for the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery (Room 4) and the Parthenon Sculptures (Room 18), which has Braille labels and plaster cast reliefs of the Parthenon sculptures.

Activity programmes for adults and children

Taught ‘Experiencing the Museum’ sessions for children with special educational needs, and a Museum programme for adults with learning disabilities, supported by the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation. For more information, visit Success Stories.

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Large print guides

Large print versions of What's on, the free Museum plan, selected gallery guides and some temporary exhibitions are available.

Magnifying glasses

Magnifying glasses are available to borrow; a £5 deposit is required.

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Multimedia guides

Over 200 audio descriptions of the Museum’s highlight objects with interactive map of the galleries.
Sponsored by Korean Air

Ask at the Multimedia Guide Desk

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Access provision for groups

  • Accompanied visits with a Museum volunteer
  • Tailored handling sessions around a group-specific interest area for learning disabled
  • Tailored sign interpreted talks addressing group-specific interest areas of the collection

If a member or members of your group require access provision please contact Jane Samuels, Access Manager, at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 (0)20 7323 8506 or jsamuels@britishmuseum.org

 Download Disability Equality Scheme and Action plan