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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, enabling us to support the work of the Museum. From just £69 a year (with discounts for those aged Under 26), Membership makes visits to the Museum a cultural adventure with:

  • Free unlimited entry to exhibitions, including Hokusai's drawings and ancient Peru opening later this year
  • An exclusive programme of Member events
  • Use of an exclusive Members' Room
  • The British Museum Magazine three times a year
  • And many more benefits.

You can book your timed entry for our exhibitions Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint and Nero: the man behind the myth

Most of our permanent galleries are also open and ready to be explored via a one-way route. Everyone – including Members – is advised to book a free timed entry for the permanent collection in advance to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment.

Please follow government guidance and visit in groups of no more than six people or a group of two households. We ask that you maintain social distancing between people you do not live with.

Entry for exhibitions and the permanent collection can be booked for dates up to 25 July. As the roadmap out of lockdown progresses, we'll release further dates in early July if booking is still required. If your preferred date is fully booked or not available, please contact the Membership Office at friends@britishmuseum.org

Later this year, Members can also look forward to exhibitions on Hokusai's newly discovered drawings and ancient Peru.

If you're a new Member and don't yet have your Membership number, you can still book your free ticket online by entering your purchase reference number at the checkout.

Read the Membership FAQs page for any queries about your visit, or contact us at friends@britishmuseum.org

We hope to welcome you back to the Museum soon.

Great reasons to join

Enjoy your benefits immediately
As soon as you join, you can begin enjoying the benefits of Membership. Book your free Member tickets for exhibitions online, or visit the Membership Desk in the Great Court and show your Membership receipt email and a form of identification.

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 or an additional cardholder to treat someone special and share your passion for the Museum.

Help the British Museum be a museum of the world, for the world
Your Membership fee is a donation to The British Museum Friends which enables us to support the work of the Museum. 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

Email: friends@britishmuseum.org
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8195

Opening times 
Monday–Friday: 10.00–16.00
Closed: weekends and bank holidays

Visit the Membership FAQs for the latest information.