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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


Ancient lives
new discoveries

Extended until 12 July 2015

This exhibition is now closed

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How to book

Advanced booking advised

  • +44 (0)20 7323 8181
  • Ticket Desk in the Great Court

Members free

Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions, plus exclusive evenings, lectures and Members' parties.

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Tickets on the day

Each day, a limited number of tickets for that day will be available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Great Court. They are likely to sell out quickly so come early to avoid disappointment. You may also need to wait between your ticket purchase and your timed exhibition entry.

Please note that tickets for the same day are not available to buy online or by telephone.

Ticket prices

  • Members free 

  • Adult, £10

  • Child under 16, free

    Accompanied by a paying adult
  • Groups, £8 per person 

    Telephone booking only, Monday–Friday (minimum 10 people, group organiser goes free)
  • Senior, £10

    Special £5 ticket after 12.00 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Students and 16–18 years, £8

    2 for 1 tickets on weekdays after 14.30, telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Unemployed person, £8

    Special £1 ticket after 12.00 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only
  • Disabled person, £8

  • Disabled person's assistant, free

  • National Art Pass, £5

*Please note, booking fees apply when booking tickets online (£1 per ticket) and by telephone (£2 per ticket)

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