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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:

Following the latest government advice, the Museum is temporarily closed. Unfortunately, Tantra: enlightenment to revolution and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate will not reopen. Please see our Members' Tantra page and Members' Arctic page for more information and a range of content from the exhibitions, including curators' tours.

While we're closed, Members can still engage with the Museum and its collection. Please visit Members' exclusive content for online events, curator videos and access to the British Museum Magazine digital archive.

In 2021 Members can look forward to exhibitions on the murder of Thomas Becket, the infamous emperor Nero and Ancient Peru.

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

We hope to see you 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

The Membership Office will remain open while the Museum is closed to the public. Please note we'll be working remotely and will not be contactable by phone.

Get in touch via email at friends@britishmuseum.org and we'll respond to your query as soon as possible.

Visit the Membership FAQs for the latest information.