Detail of the Prints and drawings study room at the British Museum

Study rooms

Study room locations

British Museum

Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Franks House

Orsman Road 
London N1 5QJ

Each curatorial department has a study room that's open to the public – by appointment only.

To ensure the safety of all visitors and staff, face coverings are strongly recommended when entering and leaving the study rooms, but can be removed when seated. Please wash your hands before and after your study sessions using the facilities provided. Hand sanitiser is located throughout spaces where washing facilities are not readily available. Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms. Group visits are now possible.

Please note, all study rooms are accessible only through prior appointment. Please complete a study room application form after reading the information on this page.

While we'll do our best to keep the study rooms open, they may close at very short notice following staff illness or isolation requirements. We apologise in advance should this occur.

Department study rooms at the British Museum main site:

Department study rooms at Franks House:

  • Africa, Oceania and Americas
  • Britain, Europe and Prehistory (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British material)

See our opening times of the study rooms, as well as details about the Museum's object identification service. 

Study room information

Object identification service

The following Departments offer an object identification service on Wednesdays from 14.00–16.00:

See individual department pages to find out how to arrange an object identification appointment. 

Read more about the object identification service