Museum Patrons on a tour of the British Museum.

Become a Patron

Contact us

For more information about becoming a Patron:
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8903

British Museum Patrons collectively make a significant difference to the success of the Museum's work in London and around the globe.

With opportunities to go behind the scenes, learn directly from curators and meet other inquisitive supporters, you will become part of a vibrant group at the heart of the British Museum.

Patron Circles

The support of Patrons is integral to the British Museum's continued development and success; from pioneering conservation and research, to curatorial posts and educational programmes.

Starting from a suggested contribution of £1,500 per year, or £125 per month, there are four Patron Circles to choose from:

Sloane Circle £12,000 annually*
(£10,500+ suggested donation; £1,500 benefit value)
Cracherode Circle £6,000 annually*
(£5,000+ suggested donation; £1,000 benefit value)
Brooke Sewell Circle £3,000 annually*
(£2,250+ suggested donation; £750 benefit value)
Godman Circle £1,500 annually*
(£1,000+ suggested donation; £500 benefit value)

Each circle provides a different way to get closer to the Museum, meaning you can pick the option most suited to you.

Whether it's opportunities to meet other Patrons at exhibition previews, or bespoke tours for you and your guests with the Museum's curators, the Patrons' programme offers the chance to get behind the scenes at the world's greatest encyclopedic Museum.

*All British Museum Patron Circles include a benefits value detailing the actual cost of Patron membership to the British Museum. These benefits can be purchased separately at this price. Any amounts given over and above this benefits value are given freely as a donation and are eligible for Gift Aid. 

Get in touch

Would you like to give a regular gift without receiving Patron benefits?

Would you like to give a regular gift without receiving Patron benefits?

If you would like to support the work of the British Museum with a regular gift but do not want to receive Patron benefits, such as invitations to events, please get in touch. 

By helping in this way, you will be providing vital support across the British Museum’s work, from world-leading scientific research to free public displays and education programmes. 

We will be pleased to keep you up to date on the Museum’s work through regular e-Newsletters and the Museum Magazine, so that you can see the impact of your donation.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

In addition to Patron Circles, there are a number of Special Interest Groups that support specific areas of the Museum's collection.

Special Interest Group members are invited to tailored events throughout the year and have close contact with curators working in their area of interest, giving you lots of opportunities to expand your knowledge in the area of the collection that you are most passionate about.

If you would like to contribute towards expanding and sustaining a particular area of the Museum's collection, we'd be delighted to hear from you.