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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


India: Amaravati, Room 33a 

Re-opening in June 2014

Due to refurbishment and refreshment activity, Room 33a will be closed to the public until June 2014.


Greek and Roman Architecture: 560 BC–AD 300, Room 77 
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

Egyptian gallery closures

Due to refurbishment and refreshment activity, some of the Museum’s galleries will be closed to the public in Spring 2014. Every effort has been made to stagger closures to ensure some access throughout to the Mummy collection and to try to ensure the widest possible access for the public. The Egyptian Sculpture Galley is not affected.

Room 64: Early Egypt 

Closed from Saturday 15 February to Saturday 7 June 2014

Room 92–94: Japan 

Closed on 3 and 4 April 2014

We regret that it may be necessary, for example in the interests of security or public safety in severe weather, for us to alter the Museum’s opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice.