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 to purchase on iTunes and Google Play. These can be downloaded onto your phone, computer or other device. You can also listen to a selection of free audio collection highlights.

We'll reopen the Audio guide Desk as soon as possible and will update this page accordingly.

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).

Download gallery introductions

There are introductions to more than 60 galleries available to download 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:


Sponsored by

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Korean Air is one of the world's leading airlines and proud to sponsor the British Museum's new audio and family guides.

With a network that spans five continents and over 50 years' experience in the industry, Korean Air aims to ensure the most comfortable passenger experience in the air. Through change and innovation on a global scale, the airline continues to achieve 'Excellence in Flight'.

It's Korean Air's goal to connect people through transport and to create opportunities for enhanced cultural understanding. Korean Air is committed to expanding its cultural sponsorship programme across the world.

With this goal in mind, Korean Air is proud sponsors of the audio guides at the British Museum, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Sponsorship of museum audio guides serves as an opportunity to expand the scope of visitor appreciation of arts and culture in a convenient and user-friendly way.

Korean Air is proud to serve as an innovator and provider of excellence to the global community and to realise its vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community.

Find out more about Korean Air's community initiatives.