Group visits

Groups visiting the British Museum must book in advance

Groups of 10 people or more are required to book before visiting the Museum and must use the King Edward entrance on Montague Place (north entrance), postcode WC1E 7JW.

Guidelines for groups (PDF)

Frequently asked questions


Group bookings

Groups of 10 people or more must book their visit at least seven days in advance.

Groups without an advance booking may be denied immediate entry*.

Check whether any galleries will be closed during your visit on the gallery closures page

For school group visits, see the school visits page

For groups with disability access requirements, see the Access page

*This policy is due to a significant increase in tour groups visiting the Museum and is intended to make the visitor experience more pleasant for all.

Getting here

Groups must use the King Edward entrance on Montague Place (north entrance), postcode WC1E 7JW, which has dedicated coach parking nearby and level access.

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 on Montague Place.

Disabled parking

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

Special exhibitions

Get more out of your visit by booking to see one of the Museum's spectacular special exhibitions.

Group discounts

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

Booking essential

Groups must book exhibition tickets in advance. Please call +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or email tickets@britishmuseum.org.

A group with exhibition tickets purchased in advance does not need a separate booking to enter the Museum.

See current and future exhibitions


Dining

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.

Reservations


+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com

More about eating at the Museum

Guided tours

Guided tours

Around the World in 90 Minutes

A tour of the Museum's highlights. Allow 90 minutes for the tour and en extra hour if lunch is required. £12 per person, minimum £180 (max 20 people per tour).

To book, please email groups@britishmuseum.org at least two weeks in advance.

Discover specific areas of the British Museum's remarkable collection with a special guided tour:

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).

Guides

sounvenir guides are available in 11 languages

Souvenir guides

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

Audio 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 audio guides for groups of eight people or more, please contact the audio guide desk on +44 (0)20 7323 8881 (Monday – Friday, 10.00–17.00).

More about audio guides


Access provision

If any members of your group require access provision, please contact the Access Team at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 (0)20 7323 8299 or email access@britishmuseum.org

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

More about access at the Museum

More about the Museum's facilities


Frequently asked questions

  • 1. Can we bring a small group to the Museum without booking?

    All groups of 10 people or more must book in advance before visiting the British Museum. More information regarding school group bookings can be found on the school visits page. Groups requiring special access should see the access provision section above.

  • 2. Will a fee be charged for group bookings?

    There is no fee for visiting the Museum or for making a group booking, but the Museum relies on donations to help support education, research projects, conservation and science, as well as exhibitions and curatorial departments.

  • 3. Will we be turned away if we haven’t booked?

    Tour groups who have not booked in advance will not be turned away but may be denied immediate entry.

  • 4. Can we book without seven days’ notice?

    Tour groups must book their visit at least seven days in advance. Groups without a booking made at least seven days in advance may be denied immediate entry.

  • 5. How important is it to keep to the entry time?

    Tour groups should stick to their booking time wherever possible. The Museum will endeavour to grant access for late running tour groups but immediate entry cannot be guaranteed.

  • 6. If numbers change after a booking is made, can the booking be amended?

    Tour group leaders bringing fewer people than originally booked are requested to inform the uniformed member of Museum staff welcoming groups on arrival. Tour group leaders bringing more people than originally booked will need to make an additional booking.

  • 7. How long can we stay once inside?

    Tour group bookings are for the arrival time only. Once inside there is no limit on the time tour groups can spend in the Museum subject to the Museum’s opening and closing times.

  • 8. Are there any areas where guiding is not allowed?

  • 9. What happens if members of our group have special access needs?

    The King Edward entrance on Montague Place is accessible to all visitors. However, groups using the Disabled Parking facilities at the front of the Museum will be permitted to enter via the main entrance. More details of the Museum’s Access provisions can be found here

  • 10. Can we exit and return through the front gates at a later time once we have checked in at
    the North Entrance?

    All groups arriving at the front gates will be directed to use the King Edward entrance on Montague Place, even if they have already checked in.

  • 11. Are school groups included?

    There is a separate booking process for school groups. You can find out more about this here