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.
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.
Schools exclusive morning views
Enjoy the exhibition with your students aged 7–18 (KS2 – KS5) at special times dedicated exclusively to schools:
- Wednesday 9 March 2022, 10.00–12.00
- Tuesday 22 March 2022, 10.00–12.00
- Tuesday 17 May 2022, 10.00–12.00
- Wednesday 22 June 2022, 10.00–12.00
- Monday 27 June 2022, 10.00–12.00
These sessions are free but booking is essential, please call: +44 (0)20 7323 8181.
Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, self-guided school groups are not currently able to book locker or lunch slots in the Ford Centre for Young Visitors. These school groups will be subject to maximum group capacities of eight for this exhibition and a maximum of eight for all other Museum areas and gallery spaces.