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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


Gallery closures

Long-term gallery closures

Greece: Bassai sculptures,
Room 16 

and Greek vases, Room 20a

Open daily 10.00–11.00

Access to Room 16 outside of these hours may be arranged by prior appointment with the Department of Greece and Rome. Please email greekandroman@britishmuseum.org


Greek and Roman Architecture: 560 BC–AD 300, Room 77 
India: Amaravati, Room 33a 
and Classical inscriptions, Room 78  


Check before you visit

Enquire at the Information Desk in the Great Court for opening times or call +44 (0)20 7323 8299

Temporary gallery closures

The Changing Museum, Room 2 

Closed 25 August – 3 October 2014

This gallery will be closed from Monday 25 August until Friday 26 September 2014.


The Palestine and Cracherode Rooms, Rooms 29a and 29b 

Closed 2 and 3 September 2014

These galleries will be closed on Tuesday 2 September and Wednesday 3 September 2014.


China, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Room 33 

Closed 1 – 5 December 2014

This gallery will be closed from Monday 1 December until Friday 5 December 2014 due to essential maintenance.


Enlightenment, Room 1 

Closed 12 – 24 January 2015

This gallery will be closed from Monday 12 January until Saturday 24 January 2015 due to essential annual maintenance.