Two vistors looking at a sculpture in the Egyptian sculpture gallery

Visiting as a Member

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Visit highlights of the permanent collection as well as our new exhibitions, Tantra: enlightenment to revolution and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate.

A number of our permanent galleries are now open and you can also book free Member tickets for our exhibition Tantra: enlightenment to revolution (until 24 January 2021) and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate (22 October 2020 – 21 February 2021). If you have just bought a Membership and do not yet have a Membership number, you can still book your free ticket online by entering your purchase reference number at the checkout, or by contacting the Membership office.

Everyone – including Members – will need to book a free timed ticket in advance of visiting the Museum for both the permanent collection and special exhibitions, to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment. Please only visit with members of your own household or support bubble. Find out more about visiting the permanent collection and how to book general admission tickets

We have created a new one-way route signposted through the Ground floor and Lower galleries that allows you to see objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Assyria, before exploring Africa, North America, Mexico and the Enlightenment Gallery. To mark the reopening British Museum Trustee and Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry, has agreed to lend his work, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, originally created for his British Museum exhibition of the same name in 2011.

If your preferred date is fully booked, please contact the Membership Office to enquire about additional availability. Please see the Members' FAQs page for any queries about your visit, or contact us at

We hope to see you back at the Museum soon!

Welcome back to the Museum

A personal message from Hartwig Fischer to Members.

Welcome back to the Museum

I wanted to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for your loyalty, understanding and generosity during this immensely challenging time.

- Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum

Journey around the world

The majority of the Ground floor galleries and the Lower floor gallery will be available when you visit allowing an intimate exploration of some of the Museum's most iconic highlights. This includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Sculptures, Hoa Hakananai'a, the Benin Bronzes, the Aztec double-headed serpent, the Akan Drum and the Discobolus. The new one-way route will allow you to take in more than 9,000 objects. 

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.