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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 Korea Foundation Gallery, Room 67 

Closed 27 October – 16 December 2014

Closed Monday 27 October to Tuesday 16 December 2014 for refurbishment (re-opening Wednesday 17 December 2014).


Painting and calligraphy, Room 91a

Closed 16 – 17 December 2014

Closed Tuesday 16 December and Wednesday 17 December 2014 for conservation work.


Enlightenment, Room 1 

Closed 7 January 2015 after 15.30

Closed 12 – 24 January 2015

Closed Monday 12 to Saturday 24 January 2015 for essential annual maintenance.


Collecting the world, Room 2 

Closed 7 January 2015 after 15.30

Closed 14 – 15 January 2015

Closed Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 January 2015 for essential maintenance.


Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, Room 21 

The world of Alexander, Room 22 

Galleries closed on the mornings of Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February 2015.