Audio guide

The British Museum
your way


Whether you have an hour or the whole day, the audio guide helps you make the most of your visit. Find out more about the Museum’s most popular objects or take a themed tour – it’s up to you.


Discover more about the Museum’s objects through expert commentaries from curators in your own language. The audio guide is available in 10 languages – English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.


Pick object stops as you explore, or follow themed tours that highlight the connections between objects. The audio guide keeps track of what you see and creates a digital souvenir of your visit.

The audio guide features

  • 260 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 China
  • An interactive map to help you find your way around
  • A digital souvenir you can send to yourself with a list of what you visited

Listen to sample stops from the audio guide

Pick one up from the audio guide desk in the Great Court


  • Adult £7
  • Member, student, unemployed person, under 19, senior (over 60) £6


The audio guide is available every day from 10.00 to 16.30, and until 19.30 on Fridays. Some galleries are closed on Friday evenings, so all of the audio guide stops may not be available.

There are introductions to over 60 galleries available to download on your own phone, computer or other device. These short 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.

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.


£6 per game

Access guides

British Sign Language

The British Sign Language (BSL) guide is available free of charge for deaf or hard of hearing visitors. Four 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 for blind or partially sighted visitors and others who find audio description helpful. It contains detailed description of objects along with curators’ commentaries. It is available on a touchpad device.

Privacy notice

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

We will 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 at, telephone 020 7323 8000.