The Lewis Chessmen on a chessboard mid-game, three figures in focus with eyes wide.


Become a Member today or purchase the perfect gift for someone special.

Membership allows you to discover two million years of human history while donating to The British Museum Friends. From just £64 a year (with discounts for those aged Under 26), Membership makes visits to the Museum a cultural adventure with:

You can book tickets for our exhibitions: Tantra: enlightenment to revolution (until 24 January 2021) and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate (until 21 February 2021).

A number of our permanent galleries are open and ready to be explored via a one-way route. Everyone – including Members – needs to book a free general admission ticket in advance to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment. Please note the Museum will remain open under the Tier 2 COVID alert level. We will be following government advice and will inform ticket holders if there are any changes that may affect their visit. Please only visit with those in your household or support bubble.

Your Membership subscription is a donation that allows us to support the important work of the Museum. We want to make sure you're getting the most out of your Membership and we've created a special page with online resources and ways to engage with the Museum and collection

Great reasons to join

Enjoy your benefits immediately
As soon as you join, you can begin enjoying the benefits of Membership. You're able to access exhibitions on the day you join – just visit the Membership Desk in the Great Court and show your receipt email.

Visit again and again
The British Museum exhibitions are exceptional. As a Member, you can return to each exhibition as many times as you want. Add a guest facility and take a friend with you each time you visit.

Help the British Museum be a museum of the world, for the world
Your Membership fee is a donation to The British Museum Friends. From loaning objects around the UK and the rest of the world and conducting academic research, the scope of our work couldn't be achieved without additional support. 

Contact the Membership Office

Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8195

Opening times 
Monday–Friday: 10.00–15.00
Closed: weekends and bank holidays

Visit the Membership FAQs for the latest information.