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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

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.


Anatolia and Urartu 7000-300 BC, Room 54 

Mesopotamia 1500–539 BC, Room 55 

Closed 14 October and 15 October.

These galleries will be closed on Tuesday 14 October and Wednesday 15 October 2014.


The world of Alexander, Room 22 

Closed 15 October and 16 October

This gallery will be closed on Wednesday 15 October and Thursday 16 October 2014.


Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, Room 21 


Closed 16 October

This gallery will be closed on Thursday 16 October 2014.


The Korea Foundation Gallery, Room 67 


Closed 27 October to 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.