28 March – 29 September 2013

This exhibition is now closed

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Opening hours

Open daily 10.00–17.30

Open late* on Fridays until 20.30.
Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)
Last admission is 16.10 (19.10 on Fridays)

Extended opening

Tuesday mornings from 09.00:
17, 24 September

Friday evening until 21.40:
20 September

Saturday mornings from 09.00:
21, 28 September

Saturday evening until 21.40:
21 September

Sunday evening until 21.40:
22 September

Monday evening until 22.40:
23 September

Thursday evening until 19.40:
26 September

Friday evening until 22.40:
27 September

Saturday evening until 22.40:
28 September

Sunday morning from 09.00:
29 September

Sunday evening until 22.40:
29 September

Exhibition closures

The exhibition is closed between 10.00 and 12.00 for school visits on the following days.
On these days the first available timeslot to purchase will be 12.00-12.10.

8, 23 September

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

About visiting as a group 

Tickets on the day

There will be a limited number of tickets for exhibition entry on the same day will be available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Great Court. They are likely to sell out quickly so do come early to avoid disappointment. You may also need to wait between your ticket purchase and your timed exhibition entry. To get free unlimited entry to the exhibition, become a Member 
Tickets FAQ 

Group visits

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

Multimedia guides

Exhibition multimedia guides are available to buy on the day of visit at the exhibition entrance.


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 


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
  • When maximum cloakroom capacity is reached the Museum cannot accept any more items
  • 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.