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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


28 March – 29 September 2013

This exhibition is now closed

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How to book

Advance tickets sold out.

A limited number of tickets are available on the day

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Extended opening hours 

  • Schools 
    Free sessions, visits and resources
  • Visiting 
    Getting here and access information
  • Groups 
    Special weekday rates available

Members free

Unlimited, free and priority entry to all exhibitions with no need to book, plus exclusive events and access to the Members' Room.

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Ticket prices

  • Members free 
  • Adult, £15
  • Child under 16, Free

    Accompanied by paying adult

  • Groups, £12.50 

    Telephone booking only, Monday–Friday (minimum 10 people, group organiser goes free)

  • Senior, £15

    Special £7.50 ticket between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only

  • Students and 16–18 years, £12.50

    2 for 1 tickets on weekdays after 14.30. Telephone bookings and walk-up only

  • Unemployed person, £12.50
  • Special £1.00 ticket between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only

  • Disabled person, £12.50
  • Disabled person's assistant, Free
  • National Art Pass, £7.50
  • *Please note, booking fees apply when booking tickets online (£1 per ticket) and by telephone (£2 per ticket)

Relief with Bacchus and followers, marble wall panel, © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum

2 for 1 tickets for students

Every weekday from 14.30, students and
16–18 year olds can get two tickets for the
price of one.

To book, telephone +44(0)20 7323 8181
or ask at the Ticket Desk in the Great Court

Cafés and restaurant

Enjoy an exhibition-inspired menu at the restaurant or one of the cafés. To book a table at the restaurant: +44 (0)20 7323 8990 BMrestaurant@benugo.com

Eating at the British Museum 

Multimedia guide

Multimedia guides

Guide yourself around the exhibition at your own pace. Available to buy at the exhibition entrance. £4.50, concessions available.

Audio description guides are free to visually impaired visitors.