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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 – 1.00

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

Assyria, Room 10 

Closed 10 – 22 November 2014

This gallery will be closed between Monday 10 November and Friday 14 November 2014 due to essential maintenance.

 

Assyria: Nimrud, Room 7 

Closed 10 – 22 November 2014

This gallery will be closed between Monday 10 November and Friday 14 November 2014 due to essential maintenance.

 

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.

 

The Korea Foundation Gallery, Room 67 

Closed 27 October – 13 December

This gallery will be closed on Monday 27 October to Saturday 13 December 2014

 

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.

 

Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, Room 21 

The world of Alexander, Room 22 

Closed 23 and 24 February 2015 (mornings only).

These galleries will be closed on Monday 23 February and Tuesday 24 February 2015 (mornings only).