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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

Photography mystery trails

Use a digital camera to explore the Museum’s objects, and follow exciting photography trails through…

Website design

Join experts from Moving Brands and discover the basics of HTML and CSS to build and style your own…

Create a Viking comic

Create a crazy comic strip inspired by the Vikings to print and take home. Activity takes 30–40…

More digital workshops 

Special holiday events

Ganesha and other elephants

Ganesha and other elephants 

Free holiday event
17 February – 21 February

Discover elephants across the Museum, including Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, in a week of family activities.

Families enewsletter

Sign-up for regular emails about family events and activities

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


Vikings: life and legend

Ends 22 June 2014
Free for children

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