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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site



Opening hours

Great Court

Free admission 
Open daily 10.00–17.30

Fridays: open until 20.30 

Closed: 1 January and 
24, 25, and 26 December

Full opening hours 

Planned gallery closures 

Getting here


British Museum
Great Russell Street

How to get here 

Nearest Tube stations: 
Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Goodge Street