Admission and opening times
Free, open daily 10.00–17.30Free, open daily 10.00–17.30

The Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year.

Gallery opening times

Museum galleries are open daily 10.00–17.30, and most are open until 20.30 on Fridays. Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays).

Great Court opening times

The Great Court, including the Information Desk, is open daily 09.00–18.00 and until 20.30 on Fridays.

Fridays open late 

The Museum is open until 20.30 on Fridays, except Good Friday.
See galleries open late on Fridays 

Temporary gallery closures 

Galleries may occasionally be closed for maintenance or long-term refurbishment.

  • Main entrance of the British Museum
  • Watch and watch-case, BM 1888,1201.249
  • Great Court roof by night

Other opening times

Cafés and restaurant

Great Court Restaurant

Lunch
Afternoon tea
Dinner, Fridays only

11.30–15.00
15.00–17.30
17.30–20.30

Court Café

Saturday – Thursday
Friday

09.00–17.30
09.00–20.00

Gallery Café

Daily

11.00–17.00

Museum shops

Bookshop

Monday–Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

10.00–17.30
10.00–20.00
10.30–17.30
10.00–17.30

Family shop

Monday–Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

09.30–18.00
09.30–18.00
09.30–17.30
10.00–17.30

Collections shop and Culture shop

Monday–Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

09.30–17.30
09.30–20.00
09.30–17.30
10.00–17.30


We regret that it may be necessary, for example in the interests of security or public safety, for us to alter the Museum’s opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice.