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Become a Member today or purchase the perfect Christmas 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:

The Museum will be reopening on 3 December 2020. You can book Member tickets for our exhibitions – Tantra: enlightenment to revolution and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate – and for the permanent collection for dates up to 10 January 2021.

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

Your Membership subscription is a donation that allows us to support the important work of the Museum. View our special Members' page with online resources, getting you closer to the collection and bringing the Museum into your home.

We hope to see you back here 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. 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 remains open while the Museum is closed to the public, however we're working remotely and will not be contactable by phone.

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

Visit the Membership FAQs for the latest information.