Visitor using an audio guide looking at a case of china pots

Audio guide

Key information

Audio guides in 10 languages

The Audio Guide Desk is closed, so we’re currently unable to offer headsets.

However, the popular gallery introductions from our audio guide are available on YouTube Music and Apple Music. Listen on your phone, computer or other device. You can also listen to a selection of free audio collection highlights.

About audio guides

The British Museum your way.

Choose how long – whether you have an hour or the whole day, our audio guide helps you make the most of your visit.

Choose how to explore – find out more about the Museum's most popular objects or take a themed tour. The audio guide keeps track of what you see and creates a digital souvenir of your visit.

Choose your language – discover more about the Museum's objects through expert commentaries from curators in your own language. The audio guide is available in 10 languages:

Audio guide features

  • 275 expert commentaries on highlight objects from the Museum.
  • Audio, video, text and images providing in-depth information.
  • Self-guided tours for exploring the Museum, from ancient Egypt to the Enlightenment.
  • A digital souvenir you can send to yourself with a list of what you visited.

Price: Adults £7, Concessions £6 (Members, Students, Jobseekers, under 19s, Seniors – over 60).

Listen to gallery introductions

There are introductions to more than 60 galleries available to listen to on your phone, computer or other device. These audio tracks recorded by British Museum curators are the perfect way to prepare for your visit, or to simply enjoy at home. They also offer a good alternative to help you explore the Museum if the full audio guide is sold out.


Listen to an extract from the audio guide

Holy thorn reliquary

Book of the dead of Hunefer

Family guide

Challenge your family to complete fun, creative challenges and explore the collection through a series of special adventures. Who will win? Find out with our interactive game-based guide. The family guide is available in four languages – English, Korean, Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

Price: £6 per game

Accessible guides

British Sign Language
The British Sign Language (BSL) guide is available free of charge for deaf or hard-of-hearing visitors. A range of dynamic presenters interpret the objects in the collection, introduce tours and provide context based on curators' commentaries – all on a high-resolution screen.

Audio descriptive guide
The audio descriptive guide is available free of charge on a touchpad device for blind or partially sighted visitors and others who find audio description helpful. It contains detailed professionally audio-described information about objects along with curators' commentaries.

Privacy notice

When you hire a British Museum audio guide you must provide us with a piece of personal identification.

We'll take a temporary digital copy of your identification. This is protected by password encryption and will be automatically deleted when you return your guide.

If you fail to return the audio guide, the Museum will use your personal data only to investigate the missing property.

Your data may be passed to law enforcement authorities for the purposes of prevention and detection of crime.

Please see our Privacy Policy for more details about how we use your personal data and about your rights or contact the Museum's Data Protection Officer: