Patrons of the British Museum

  • Conservation and research at the Museum
  • Exhibitions at the Museum
  • Patrons' event

The Patrons of the British Museum help to support a wide range of activities.

From pioneering conservation and research to curatorial posts and educational programmes, their involvement is integral to the British Museum’s continued development and success.

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The Patrons programme offers members the opportunity to deepen their engagement with the Museum through a series of special events and privileges, which include:

  • Invitation to the annual Director’s dinner, one of the most anticipated events in the Patrons’ calendar
  • Patrons are invited to join private views of major exhibitions with the curators before the exhibitions open to the public
  • Invitations to the annual Patrons’ Open House event, an evening of lively talks in the Museum’s permanent galleries after they close to the public
  • Patrons are invited to the Museum’s private early morning viewings of major exhibitions
  • Patrons receive free entry with a guest to all paying exhibitions on presentation of their Patron card
  • Dedicated direct line to the Patrons' Office
  • Discount at the Museum’s shops, cafés and restaurant
  • Priority booking for public programme events
  • Acknowledgement in the Museum’s Annual Review

Patrons make a suggested annual contribution of £3,000+ which includes a subscription of £350 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £2,650+ which is eligible for Gift Aid.

Get in touch

For more information about joining as a Patron, contact  or call +44 (0)20 7323 8134