Visitors standing in the Parthenon gallery


Visiting the galleries

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Explore more than 60 galleries at the British Museum from home.

Our gallery pages feature a range of exciting resources, including virtual tours with Google Street View, object highlights, timelines, family activities and facts.

Below you'll find a list of galleries on the lower floor, ground floor and upper floors, together with two galleries created especially for our online audience, Oceania and Prints and Drawings.

Please note that galleries in the Museum may be closed for maintenance, refurbishment or private events. All planned closures will be listed on the Visit page. Occasionally we may need to close galleries at short notice for safety reasons. We regret that in these cases we're not always able to alert the public in advance. 

Lower floor

Wooden figure, focus on face with closed eyes and mouth.

Africa – OPEN

Room 25 (The Sainsbury Galleries)

Ground floor

image of marble statue of a discus thrower

Enlightenment – OPEN

Room 1

Yellow vase with narrow neck, decoration in blue.

Collecting the world – OPEN

Room 2

Holy Thorn reliquary gold and jewels

The Waddesdon Bequest – OPEN

Room 2a (funded by The Rothschild Foundation)

Head and upper body of pink/grey granite monumental statue of Ramesses II.

Egyptian sculpture – OPEN

Room 4

Statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates – OPEN

Room 6a

Stone panel from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Assyria, 883-859 BC.

Assyria: Nimrud – OPEN

Rooms 7–8 

Frieze with drawings on it

Assyria: Nineveh – OPEN

Room 9

Large relief with men pulling a horse

Assyria: Lion hunts, Siege of Lachish and Khorsabad

Room 10

Gold goblet

Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans – OPEN

Room 12 (The Arthur I Fleischman Gallery)

Greek wine jar depicting Achilles defeating Penthesilea, the Amazon Queen.

Greece 1050–520 BC – OPEN

Room 13

Greek vase depicting black-figured neck-amphora, signed by the potter Andokides.

Greek vases – OPEN

Room 14

Large Greek relief panel featuring a female-headed bird

Athens and Lycia – OPEN

Room 15

The Bassai Sculptures, the Phigaleian Frieze, Classical Greek

Greece: Bassai sculptures

Room 16

Visitors in Room 17 by the Nereid Monument

Nereid Monument – OPEN

Room 17

Marble sculpture of horses head from parthenon

Greece: Parthenon – OPEN

Room 18

Marble block from the west frieze of the Temple of Athena Nike

Greece: Athens – OPEN

Room 19

Marble head of a youthful god: the 'Aberdeen Head', Classical Greek, 325-280 BC

Greeks and Lycians 400–325 BC

Room 20

Horse head made from marble

Mausoleum of Halikarnassos – OPEN

Room 21

Marble statue of Demeter seated on a throne, Greek, carved around 350 BC.

The world of Alexander – OPEN

Room 22

Marble relief featuring a boy and horse.

Greek and Roman sculpture – OPEN

Room 23

Large human figure made of stone.

Living and Dying

Room 24 (The Wellcome Trust Gallery)

 Snow sled brown in colour.

North America

Room 26

Image of a turquoise mosaic covered serpent with two heads


Room 27

Colossal marble statue of a lion in the Great Court.

Great Court – OPEN

Great Court

Frieze with figure of a man and a lion

East stairs – OPEN

East stairs

Upper floors

4 humans 1 horse 1 camel all figures are shades of white, brown and green.

China and South Asia – OPEN

Room 33 (The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery)

Dome-slab carved in limestone with the Great Departure, Prince Siddhartha's horse Kanthaka with empty saddle leaving the palace via an elaborate torana (gate)

India: Amaravati – OPEN

Room 33a (The Asahi Shimbun Gallery)

A jade brush pot decorated with nature motifs

Chinese jade – OPEN

Room 33b (The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery)

Cassiobury Park turret clock

Clocks and watches – OPEN

Rooms 38–39 (The Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Gallery)

Seven white chess pieces

Medieval Europe, 1050–1500 – OPEN

Room 40 (The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery)

Sutton hoo helmet

Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300–1100 – OPEN

Room 41 (The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery)

Jade terrapin on blue background

The Islamic world – OPEN

Rooms 42–43 (The Albukhary Foundation Gallery)

Large blue and yellow decorated vase.

Europe 1400–1800 – OPEN

Room 46

Vase made of pale blue jasper ware with applied white reliefs

Europe 1800–1900 – OPEN

Room 47

Yellow and black squared mantelpiece clock

Europe 1900 to the present – OPEN

Room 48

The Great dish from the Mildenhall Treasure, a large concave silver platter with beaded rim (135 beads in total) on a circular vertical foot-ring positioned exactly one-third in from the rim.

Roman Britain – OPEN

Room 49 (The Weston Gallery)

a Golden round torc with circle gold balls at each end

Britain and Europe 800 BC–AD 43 – OPEN

Room 50

A gold cape to be placed through head and sit on shoulders.

Europe and Middle East 10,000–800 BC – OPEN

Room 51 (The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Gallery)

Gold armlet with two dragon looking figures attached.

Ancient Iran – OPEN

Room 52 (The Rahim Irvani Gallery)

Ancient Arabian calcite incense burner showing a camel rider

Ancient South Arabia – OPEN

Room 53

Ivory figure of a griffin-headed demon, Anatolia

Anatolia and Urartu, 7000–300 BC – OPEN

Room 54

Map of the World, Mesopotamia, 700-500 BC.

Mesopotamia, 1500–539 BC – OPEN

Room 55

Mesopotamian sculpture of queen of the night woman with wings

Mesopotamia, 6000–1500 BC – OPEN

Room 56

Small white statue of male figure sitting down

Ancient Levant – OPEN

Rooms 57–59

scene of man hunting egyptian painting

Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun – OPEN

Room 61 (The Michael Cohen Gallery)

A gold decorated coffin in the shape of a human.

Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies – OPEN

Rooms 62–63 (The Roxie Walker Galleries)

Granite statue of Ankhwa, one hand on leg the other holding a tool.

Early Egypt – OPEN

Room 64

Lying down sphinx, human head light brown.

Sudan, Egypt and Nubia – OPEN

Room 65

Oil painting on cotton cloth, depicting the a battle scene.

Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt – OPEN

Room 66

White porcelain 'moon jar', Choson dynasty, Korea, 17-18th Century AD.

Korea – OPEN

Room 67 (The Korea Foundation Gallery)

A penny with the words "votes for women" defaced across the Kings head.

Money – OPEN

Room 68

Bronze gladiator's helmet

Greek and Roman life – OPEN

Room 69

portland vase white relief figures on a black background

Roman Empire – OPEN

Room 70 (The Wolfson Gallery)

Painted sarcophagus of Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa, Etruscan, 150-140 BC.

Etruscan world – OPEN

Room 71

Red Polished Ware figurine cradling a child, Cypriot, 1975-1850 BC

Ancient Cyprus – OPEN

Room 72 (The A.G. Leventis Gallery)

Gold libation bowl (phiale) with six bulls around 600 BC, Western Greek.

Greeks in Italy – OPEN

Room 73

Two women teaching a child to walk; one bending over and pointing.

Prints and drawings displays – OPEN

Rooms 90 and 90a

Two red, white, blue and gold decorated mantelpiece elephants figures.

Japan – OPEN

Rooms 92–94 (The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries)

Two identical porcelain vases with blue details including dragon.

Chinese Ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection – OPEN

Room 95 (The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies)

Virtual galleries

Red mask made from fibre glass, polyester resin, ply and balsar wood and bamboo,


Virtual gallery

Drawing of boats sailing on rough seas

Prints and drawings

Virtual gallery