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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

 

3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Parental guidance advised

Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP

Part of Japan400

Recommend this exhibition

How to book

Booking advised

  • +44(0)20 7323 8181
  • Ticket Desk in the Great Court

Members free

Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions, plus exclusive evenings, lectures and Members' parties. Please note the exhibition may be exceptionally busy in the final weekend (4 and 5 January). If the exhibition space reaches capacity, Members may be asked to collect a timed ticket to avoid overcrowding.

Become a Member 

Tickets on the day

Each day, at least 100 tickets for that day will be available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Great Court. They are likely to sell out quickly so come early to avoid disappointment. You may also need to wait between your ticket purchase and your timed exhibition entry. Tickets for the same day are not available to purchase online or by telephone.

Ticket prices

  • Members free 

  • Adult, £7

  • Child under 16, Free

    Accompanied by a paying adult, parental guidance recommended
  • Groups, £5 per person 

    Telephone booking only, Monday–Friday (minimum 10 people, group organiser goes free)
  • Senior, £7

    Special £3.50 ticket between 12.00 and 16.10 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Students and 16–18 years, £5

    2 for 1 tickets on Friday evenings from 17.30 and on weekdays after 14.30. Telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Unemployed person, £5

  • Disabled person, £5

  • Disabled person's assistant, free

  • National Art Pass, £3.50

*Please note, booking fees apply when booking tickets online (£1 per ticket) and by telephone (£2 per ticket)


Ticket offers

Students

2-for-1 entry on exhibition tickets Mondays–Thursdays between 14.30 and 16.10, and between 14.30 and 19.10 on Fridays.

Offer available by telephone and walk up only.

Ticket offers

Seniors

Half-price tickets (£3.50) for exhibition entry between 12.00 and 16.10 on Mondays.

Offer available by telephone and walk up only.

Ticket offers

National Rail travellers

2-for-1 entry on exhibition tickets on weekdays (last entry 16.10).

Offer available by telephone and walk up only. Terms and conditions apply.

Ticket offers

Foursquare

Check in on Foursquare and receive 10% discount on the Shunga range in the British Museum shops (including the exhibition catalogue).