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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


Family visits

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Free digital workshops every weekend

Create a comic

Turn Museum objects into a crazy comic strip to print and take home. Activity takes 30–40 mins.

Exploring Egyptian mummies

Explore digital techniques used by Museum scientists to uncover the secrets of the ancient…

Egyptian photo booth

Turn yourself into a pharaoh, an Egyptian god and other characters using a range of digital…

More digital workshops 

Special holiday events

Holiday activity

Explore Egyptian mummies 

Free holiday events

Take part in an animation workshop, become an ancient Greek Olympian, discover secrets about mummies or join a family gallery talk.

View holiday events 


Families enewsletter

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Family events calendar 

Facilities for families

Ford Centre

Families Desk

Visit the Families Desk in the Great Court to borrow activities and for advice on your visit.

Open weekends and every day during London Borough of Camden school holidays.

Picnic area and cafés

Families picnic area at the Ford Centre 
Enjoy child-friendly food at the Museum cafés 
Kids eat free at the Gallery Café 

Buggies and cloakrooms

Buggies are free of charge in the cloakroom, located to the west of the Main entrance.

More facilities for families 

Exhibition visits

Ancient lives, new discoveries

Until 30 November 2014
Now open

Booking information 

All exhibitions are free for children

See all exhibitions 

Kids online
play and discover

Explore world histories and cultures before or after your visit

Time explorer game

Play now 

Videos for kids: A brief history series

Watch now 

Activities: make your own piece of history 

More for kids online