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Visit highlights of the permanent collection as well as our new exhibition, 'Tantra: enlightenment to revolution', which opens on 24 September.

Everyone – including Members – will need to book a free general admission ticket in advance of visiting the Museum, with reduced numbers to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment. Read more about the other safety measures we have introduced. 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.

From 24 September explore the radical force that transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond in our landmark exhibition, Tantra: enlightenment to revolution (24 September – 24 January 2021). We are asking Members to book a free ticket for dates from 24 September to 21 October initially, to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment.

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. 


New dates are confirmed for the Museum's postponed spring exhibitions, Tantra: enlightenment to revolution (24 September – 24 January 2021) and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate (22 October – 21 February 2021). Members can book tickets for Tantra for dates from 24 September – 21 October initially. Further dates will be released in October, and we will update Members on the process for visiting the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate ahead of its opening.

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.