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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

Chinese adventures

Take part in a range of digital activities inspired by China. Find your zodiac character, make…

Make a secret code

Learn about beautiful seal stones from China, and create your own digital seal using Photoshop. Then…

Reshuffling the deck: card game workshop

Learn about card games from around the world, and work with a professional games designer to create…

More digital workshops 

Special family events for October half-term 2014

Parent and toddler visiting exhibition

Ming family events

Come to the Museum for a whole week of activities taking inspiration from the BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China.

Find out more about these events 


Night at the Museum Mile

Take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail – visit any of the 12 museums over half-term and you could win a trip to LA.

More about this competition 


Family events at the Museum 

Take advantage the Museum's range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

See the family events calendar 

Families enewsletter

Sign-up for regular emails about family events and activities

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

Extended until 19 April 2015
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