19 July – 25 November 2012
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Supported by BP

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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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Opening hours

Open daily 10.00–17.30

Open late* on Fridays until 20.30. Last entry 70 minutes before closing.

The exhibition is open exclusively for school visits between 10.00 and 12.00 on:
25 October
8, 9, 15, 16 November

The exhibition is open exclusively for school visits between 11.00 and 15.00 on:
27, 28 October

Tickets are available for all other times,
subject to availability.

Getting here

Reading Room, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Plan your journey to the Museum 

Cafés and restaurant

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

Group visits

Special group rates are available for weekday visits. To book group tickets: +44 (0)20 7323 8181 tickets@britishmuseum.org

Group lecture packages are available on selected weekdays

Dates for group lecture packages 

About visiting as a group 

Engraved portrait of William Shakespeare


Tactile and Braille books, and large print guides are available in the exhibition. Audio description guides are free to visually impaired vistors. For more access information, please contact the Museum's Access and Equality Manager on +44 (0)20 7323 8506.

General access to the Museum 

Please note

Before you enter

  • Only small bags will be allowed into the exhibition (max size 35x33x13cm)
  • Coats, umbrellas, etc. should be left in the cloakrooms (max size 40x40x50cm and max weight 8kg)
  • The cloakroom is to the left of the Main entrance. £1.50 per item
  • The Museum reserves the right to search any bags or personal items being taken into the exhibition.

While you are in the exhibition

  • Do not use photographic or video recording equipment
  • Do not carry or consume any food or drink
  • Set your mobile phone to silent

*The Museum reserves the right to amend exhibition opening hours.