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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

 

Extended until 19 April 2015
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Family visits

Free entry for under 16s, a free family trail, hands-on technology, free digital workshops and a range of books and treats to take home. Plus kids eat free in the Gallery Café.

What to expect

For many children the process of mummification and the chance to see mummies close up will be fascinating and inspiring. However, if you would like to know more about what you and your family will see, you can download a selection of images before your visit.

Download selection of exhibition images (pdf) 

Free family trail

Pick up your free family trail at the exhibition entrance, or download it. It’s filled with facts, stories and activities to build up a fascinating picture of life in the Nile Valley.

Download the family trail 

Digital discovery

The exhibition features fully accessible interactive screens, enabling visitors to unlock the mummies’ hidden secrets for themselves.

You can explore more about mummies and ancient Egypt with free sessions in the Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at weekends.

More about exhibition events 

Under 16s go free

As with all our special exhibitions under 16s go free, but need a ticket. 16–18 year olds receive a discount.

More about tickets 

Kids eat free

You will receive one free child’s meal when you buy an adult main meal. The Gallery Café is near the exhibition space.

More about cafés and restaurants 

Children’s books

If you want to know even more, have a look at the selection of ancient Egypt-themed books for children in the Museum shops or online.

See all children's books 

Mummy of a priestess named Tayesmutengebtiu in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC

Mummy of a priest’s daughter named Tamut in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum



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