Group visits

New groups policy: booking now essential

From 8 October 2015 tour groups of 10+ people must book before visiting the Museum.

In addition, tour groups will need to use the King Edward entrance on Montague Place, postcode WC1E 7JW.

See below for details.

Groups should use the King Edward entrance on Montague Place, WC1E 7JW

Group bookings

From 8 October 2015 tour groups of 10+ people must book their visit at least seven days in advance. Groups without an advance booking may be denied immediate entry.*

For group entry to exhibitions, see oppositebelow. A separate booking to enter the Museum is not required.

School groups: see the School visits page

Groups requiring special access: see below.

*This new policy is due to the significant increase in tour group visitors to the Museum and is intended to make the visitor experience more pleasant for all visitors. We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support with these changes.

Getting here

Tour groups must enter the Museum via the King Edward entrance on Montague Place, WC1E 7JW.

This entrance provides more space for groups as well dedicated coach parking.

Public transport

The Museum is easily accessible by public transport. More on how to get here

Coach parking

Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking at Montague Place.

Disabled parking

Parking spaces may be booked for minibuses for people with mobility impairments. Please phone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance. You will be asked for the registration number, make and model of vehicle.

Special exhibitions

Celts: art and identity

Group discounts

Discounts are available for group visits to exhibitions on weekdays, minimum 10 people, organiser goes free.

Booking essential

Groups must book in advance on 
+44 (0)20 7323 8181 or by emailing

Groups with an exhibition booking do not need a separate booking to enter the Museum.

Find out about current and upcoming exhibitions


Court Restaurant

Special group discounts

Fine dining or café-style, there are menu options for all budgets. Free meals for group organisers: 10–20 guests, one free meal; 21–35 guests, two free meals.


+44 (0)20 7323 8990

More about eating at the Museum

Guided tours

Guided tours

Discover specific areas of the British Museum's remarkable collection

Allow 1 hour for the tour and an extra hour if group lunch is required. £9 per person, minimum £135 (max 20 people per tour).

New Museum highlights tour, Around the World in 90 Minutes. Allow 1.5 hours for the tour and en extra hour if lunch is required. £12 per person, minimum £180 (max 20 people per tour).

To book, email Please book at least two weeks in advance.


sounvenir guides are available in 11 languages

Souvenir guides

Full-colour guidebooks can be bought from all British Museum shops, available in 11 languages. Save 10% when you buy 5 or more. Redeem at till point or contact Victoria Barton on +44 (0)20 3073 4924 or for more details.

Multimedia Guides

Discover over 200 highlight objects in the Museum's collection, either at your own pace or through a selection of tours, available in 10 languages.

To reserve Multimedia Guides for groups of more than eight people, please contact the Multimedia Guide desk at +44 (0)20 7323 8881 between 10.00–17.00, Monday – Friday.

More about Multimedia Guides

Access provision

For advice and special assistance

If any of your group require access provision, please contact Jane Samuels, Access Manager, at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 (0)20 7323 8506 or email

Access provision for groups can include:

  • Accompanied visits with a Museum volunteer
  • Tailored handling sessions around a group-specific interest area for learning disabled
  • Tailored sign interpreted talks addressing group-specific interest areas of the collection

 Download Disability Equality Scheme and Action plan