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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


The BP exhibition

life and legend

6 March – 22 June 2014

This exhibition is now closed

Supported by BP BP logo

Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

How to book

Advanced booking essential

  • +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. The exhibition is expected to be exceptionally busy in the opening weeks. 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, a limited number of tickets for that day will be available to buy 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.

Please note that tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone.

Ticket prices

  • Members free 

  • Adult, £16.50

  • Child under 16, free

    Accompanied by a paying adult
  • Groups, £13 per person 

    Telephone booking only, Monday–Friday (minimum 10 people, group organiser goes free)
  • Senior, £16.50

    Special £8.25 ticket between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Students and 16–18 years, £13

    2 for 1 tickets on Friday evenings from 17.30 and on weekdays after 14.30. Telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Unemployed person, £13

  • Disabled person, £13

  • Disabled person's assistant, free

  • National Art Pass, £8.25

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

Ticket offers


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


Half-price tickets 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


Tickets from £13 per person. Groups must book in advance on +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or tickets@britishmuseum.org

Mondays–Fridays, minimum 10 people, organiser goes free.

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