A wide shot of the Great Court with the roof and Reading Room in view

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Opening times

Daily: 10.00–17.00 (Fridays: 20.30
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The British Museum

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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Immerse yourself in two million years of human history, art and culture.

Book your free ticket for Museum entry in advance to receive key information and updates before your visit and priority entry during busy periods. In our galleries come face-to-face with objects from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, explore the wonderful collection of the Islamic world and learn more about Egyptian mummies. Please see the list of available galleries to visit.

Exhibition tickets are available to book for:

In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but visitors are welcome to wear them if they wish. The Museum maintains a robust cleaning schedule and hand sanitiser stations are available across the site. 

Occasionally we may need to close galleries at short notice. We regret that we are not always able to alert visitors in advance of their visit.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Ticket information

Gallery information


Tickets are available to book for Michelangelo: the last decades (until 28 July 2024), Silk Roads (26 September 2024 – 23 February 2025) and Hew Locke: what have we here? (17 October 2024 – 9 February 2025).

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Getting here

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Main entrance: 
The British Museum
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG
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Second entrance:
Montague Place
London WC1E 7JW
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We recommend using the Transport For London (TFL) Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Museum.

Getting here

Entering the Museum

  • Entry to the Museum is via the Main entrance on Great Russell Street or the Montague Place entrance. Please note at busy periods walk-up entry will only be possible at the Montague Place entrance, and entry is dependent on capacity.
  • On arrival please join the back of the queue, where you may be required to wait, as longer queues can form at busy periods. 
  • General admission ticket holders may enter the Museum anytime after their selected timeslot. 
  • Once you've gone through the Main entrance an easy access queuing route is available for disabled visitors, visitors with pushchairs and/or children under five, Members, exhibition and general admission ticket-holders.
  • All visitors must pass through a security check which involves a bag search.
  • If you require more information on accessibility for disabled visitors, please see our Accessibility at the Museum page for details.

Security and bag searches


We have a wide range of services for disabled visitors. 

Find out how to make the most of your visit and plan your trip in advance on our Accessibility at the Museum page.