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17 February – 17 July 2022

Daily: 10.00–17.00 (Fridays 20.30)
Open until 22.00 on 9, 16 and 17 July
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Room 30

The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
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Organised with the State Museum of Prehistory, Halle/Saale, Germany


Adults from £20, Members and under 16s free.
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Towering above the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is perhaps the world's most awe-inspiring ancient stone circle.

Shrouded in layers of speculation and folklore, this iconic British monument has spurred myths and legends that persist today. In this special exhibition, the British Museum will reveal the secrets of Stonehenge, shining a light on its purpose, cultural power and the people that created it.

Following the story of Britain and Europe from 4000 to 1000 BC, you'll learn about the restless and highly connected age of Stonehenge – a period of immense transformation and radical ideas that changed society forever.

The human story behind the stones reveals itself through a variety of fascinating objects. Among these are stone axes from the North Italian Alps, stunning gold jewellery and astonishing examples of early metalwork including the Nebra Sky Disc – the world's oldest surviving map of the stars. A remarkably preserved 4,000-year-old timber circle dubbed Seahenge also takes centre stage in the show, on loan for the very first time. All these objects offer important clues about the beliefs, rituals, and complex worldview of Neolithic people, helping to build a vivid sense of life for Europe's earliest ancestors. 

Informed by ground-breaking recent archaeological and scientific discoveries, this landmark exhibition offers new insight on one of the world's great wonders, bringing the true story of Stonehenge into sharper focus than ever before.


Ticket information


Members don't need to book to visit The world of Stonehenge. Please show your Membership card to gain entry. If you're visiting before your Membership card arrives, bring your Membership purchase confirmation email to the Membership Desk in the Great Court on the day of your visit. We'll then issue a temporary card to access your on-site benefits.

Please see our Visiting as a Member page for more information on visiting the Museum.


There are benches where you can sit in the exhibition. A limited number of folding stools are available at the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Please drop these off as you exit the Museum on Montague Place.

The first and final weekends of our special exhibitions tend to be much busier than average, with overall higher attendance during the final weeks. For a quieter time, we recommend midweek visits during the middle of the run.

There are a limited number of hard copies of our large print guide and plain English guide available. Please speak to staff at the exhibition entrance for more information. Both can also be downloaded before your visit: