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:

Already a Member? Learn how to get the most out of your Membership.

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 digital 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. 

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I find the Members' Room a welcome oasis to take a break, grab a coffee and recharge before continuing to explore the Museum.

Peter, Member since 2010


Contact the Membership Office

The Membership Office remains open while the Museum is closed to the public. Although we're temporarily inaccessible by phone, we remain fully accessible by email at and will respond to your query as soon as possible.

  • 09.30–17.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • 10.00–17.30 on Tuesdays
  • Closed on Saturdays and Sundays


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