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

Visit the British Museum

Free entry

The Museum is temporarily closed.

The British Museum

Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

The British Museum is closed temporarily.

We continue to remain accessible through our digital channels. Find out more.


Immerse yourself in two million years of human history, art and culture.

Plan your visit:

  • Admission is free and advance booking is only required for groups of 10 or more.
  • We charge for some exhibitions, events and tours.
  • Exhibitions are free for Members and concessions are available.
  • Please note that we begin clearing galleries 10 minutes before they close.
  • From mid-March 2020 scaffolding will be erected at the front of the Museum (Great Russell Street entrance), to facilitate conservation work on our iconic colonnade. Find out more about the 'Conservation work on the Colonnade' below

Please note that items of large luggage (including some bags and rucksacks, and all wheeled suitcases) are not permitted. See Entering the Museum below for more details. 

Full opening hours

Getting here

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Main entrance: 
The British Museum
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG

Second entrance:
Montague Place
London WC1E 7JW

We recommend that you use the TFL Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Museum.

Getting here

Entering the Museum

  • All visitors must pass through a security check which involves a bag search.
  • Please be prepared to queue at peak hours. 
  • If you have accessibility needs, children under five, timed admission tickets or are a Museum Member, you may be eligible to use our easy-access lane – please talk to a uniformed member of staff before joining the queue.
  • If you have a disability or illness that requires special assistance or support equipment, 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. 

Accessibility at the Museum