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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

Friday 24 July – Friday 7 August 2015 – part closure of the Nereid Monument (Room 17) and Parthenon Gallery (Room 18)

Please note that for two weeks in July and August some sections of the Nereid Monument and the adjoining Duveen Gallery will be protected by hoardings while a small number of objects are returned to display from the special exhibition Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art
Both galleries will remain open to the public throughout this time.

Current and planned gallery closures are listed below. Please note that galleries may occasionally have to close at very short notice.

Temporary gallery closures

Classical inscriptions: Room 78
Closed 4–6 August 2015

Japan: Room 92–Room 94
Closed 12–13 October 2015

China, South Asia and Southeast Asia: Room 33
Closed 7–11 December 2015

Korea: Room 67
Closed 1–2 February 2016

Japan: Room 92–94
Closed 11–12 April 2016




Long-term gallery closures

There are no planned closures.

Limited opening

Greece: Bassai sculptures, Room 16
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

India: Amaravati, Room 33a

Greek and Roman Architecture, Room 77

Classical inscriptions, Room 78

Enquire at the Great Court Information Desk for opening times of these galleries