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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

 

Multimedia Guides
Interactive tours

Bookings

Book online or pick up on the day from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court.

Prices

  • Adult, £5.00
  • Member, student, unemployed, 13–18, £4.50
  • Under 12, £3.50

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Multimedia guide English

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Discover highlight objects in the Museum's collection, either at your own pace or through a selection of guided tours.

Multimedia Guide contains:

  • A detailed insight into over 200 objects in 61 galleries
  • Audio commentary and images 
  • Interactive map for easy navigation
  • Galleries and highlights tours, including the Parthenon sculptures, Korea and Ancient Egypt

Languages

Available in 10 languages: English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin

Availability

Available every day, from 10.00 to 16.30 (until 19.30 on Fridays*). Please note that forms of identification required as a deposit include passport, national ID, drivers licence.

*Some galleries are closed on Friday evenings so not all objects on the guide will be available.

For galleries open late on Fridays 


Other guides available

Children's Multimedia Guide:
Join Vid the Alien

Seven guided tours, 58 highlight objects, activities and interactive games. Book online or pick up from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court.

More about the Children's Multimedia Guide 

Book online 

Audio Description Guide for visually impaired people

Over 200 audio descriptions of the Museum's highlight objects.

Book online or pick up from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court. Available for free.

Book online 

British Sign Language
(BSL) Multimedia Guide

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Signed video commentaries for over 200 highlight objects of the Museum, with interactive maps to help with orientation in the galleries.

Book online or pick up from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court. Available for free.

Book online