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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

 

Admission and opening times
Free, open daily 10.00–17.30

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).
Galleries open late Fridays 

Great Court opening times

The Great Court, including Information and Ticket Desks, 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.
Friday lates programme 

Temporary gallery closures

Some galleries are closed for maintenance or long-term refurbishment. 
All planned gallery closures 

Other closures

Main entrance closed: Friday 29 August 2014

The Great Russell Street entrance will be closed on 29 August from 18.30 to 20.30. Please use the North Entrance on Montague Place.

  • Great Court by day
  • British Museum by night

British Museum by day and night


Facilities opening times

Cafés and restaurant

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

Monday–Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

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

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.