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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

 

Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World

Surviving treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan

3 March – 17 July 2011Open late Fridays

Supported by
 Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 

All supporters

 

Visiting

Open daily 10.00–17.30. Open late* on Fridays until 20.30 (last entry 70 minutes before closing)

Getting here

For the quickest route to the Museum:

Transport for London's journey planner

Access

Tactile and Braille books, and large print guides are available in the exhibition. Audio description guides are free to all visually impaired visitors.

For more access information, please contact the Museum's Access
and Equality Manager on 020 7323 8506.

For general access to the Museum

Events programme

Explore Afghanistan's rich history with an events programme filled with talks, films, workshops and family activities.

See the full events programme

Schools resources

A guide for bringing school groups to the exhibition with suggested pre and post visit classroom activities.
Download slideshow, ppt 3154 kb
Download teachers notes, pdf 2038 kb

Before you enter

  • Only small bags will be allowed into the exhibition (maximum size 35x33x13cm).
  • Coats, umbrellas, etc. should be left in the cloakrooms (max size 40x40x50cm and max weight 8kg)
  • The main cloakroom is to the left of the Main entrance, there is another cloakroom at the Montague Place 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

Image: Corinthian capital found at Ai Khanum, before 145 BC. National Museum of Afghanistan © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet