The British Museum is open and continuing to welcome visitors.
Please book a timed slot in advance(Opens in new window) to guarantee entry to the Museum and help control the numbers of individuals who can visit. Walk-up entry won’t be possible from 9–24 April, unless you’re a Member.
Exhibition tickets for The world of Stonehenge and The Citi exhibition Feminine Power: the devine to the demonic are available to book. In our galleries you can visit the treasures of Sutton Hoo, explore the wonderful collection of the Islamic world(Opens in new window), and learn more about Egyptian mummies. Please see the list of available galleries to visit below.
The safety and security of our staff and visitors is very important to us. Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you’re exempt. Please be considerate of people and exercise social distancing where you can – especially in smaller spaces. Hand sanitiser stations can be found throughout the Museum and we recommend washing or sanitising your hands regularly. Contactless payment is preferred in our shops and cafés. Staff are available to advise if you have any questions. Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.
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.
List of available galleries
See the list of available galleries for you to enjoy (please note this list is subject to change):
Room 25: Africa (The Sainsbury Galleries)
Room 1: Enlightenment
Room 2: Collecting the world
Room 2a: The Waddesdon Bequest (funded by The Rothschild Foundation)
Room 4: Egyptian sculpture
Room 6: Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates
Rooms 7–8: Assyria: Nimrud*
Room 9: Assyria: Nineveh*
Room 10: Assyria: Lion hunts, Siege of Lachish and Khorsabad*
Room 12: Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans (The Arthur I Fleischman Gallery)
Room 13: Greece 1050–520 BC
Room 14: Greek vases
Room 15: Athens and Lycia
Room 16: Bassai sculptures
Room 17: Nereid Monument
Room 18: Greece: Parthenon
Room 21: Mausoleum of Halikarnassos
Room 22: The world of Alexander
Room 23: Greek and Roman sculpture
Room 24: Living and Dying (The Wellcome Trust Gallery)
Room 26: North America
Room 27: Mexico
Room 33: China and South Asia (Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery)
Room 33a: India: Amaravati (The Asahi Shimbun Gallery)
Room 33b: Chinese jade (The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery)
Rooms 38–39: Clocks and watches (The Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Gallery)
Room 40: Medieval Europe, 1050–1500 (The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery)
Room 41: Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300–1100 (The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery)
Rooms 42–43: The Islamic world (The Albukhary Foundation Gallery)(Opens in new window)
Room 46: Europe 1400–1800
Room 47: Europe 1800–1900
Room 48: Europe 1900 to the present
Room 53: Ancient South Arabia
Room 56: Mesopotamia, 6000–1500 BC
Rooms 57–(Opens in new window)59: Ancient Levant*
Room 61: Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun (The Michael Cohen Gallery)
Rooms 62–63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies (The Roxie Walker Galleries)
Room 64: Early Egypt
Room 65: Sudan, Egypt and Nubia
Room 66: Ethopia and Coptic Egypt
Room 67: Korea (The Korea Foundation Gallery)
Room 68: Money
Room 69: Greek and Roman life
Room 70: Roman Empire (The Wolfson Gallery)
Room 71: Etruscan world
Room 72: Ancient Cyprus (The A.G. Leventis Gallery)
Room 73: Greeks in Italy
Rooms 90–90a: Prints and drawings displays
Rooms 92-94: Japan (The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries)
Room 95: Chinese Ceramics – Sir David Percival Collection (The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies)
Is admission free?
Yes, entry to the Museum to view the permanent collection is free. All visitors (except Members) will need to book a timed slot in advance(Opens in new window) to guarantee entry to the Museum. Walk-up entry won't be possible from 9–24 April, unless you're a Member. The safety and security of our staff and visitors is very important to us. Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you’re exempt. Please be considerate of people and exercise social distancing where you can – especially in smaller spaces. Hand sanitiser stations can be found throughout the Museum and we recommend washing or sanitising your hands regularly. See the Visit page for more information. We also have special exhibitions and events, both free and paid, which require booking in advance. For the latest updates about booking tickets and what's happening at the Museum, sign up to our newsletter(Opens in new window).
How do I book tickets?
All tickets for the permanent collection can be booked online in advance(Opens in new window). Walk-up entry won't be possible from 9–24 April, unless you're a Member. Find out more on our Visit page. Please see our Exhibitions and events page to see what's on and to book tickets. If you want to visit the permanent collection before your exhibition visit, you will need to book a separate ticket(Opens in new window). You can book tickets for up to eight people. For access assistance with your booking, please see our Accessibility page. For the latest updates about booking tickets and what's happening at the Museum, sign up to our newsletter(Opens in new window).
When is the Museum open?
The Museum is open daily, 10.00–17.00 (last entry at 16.00). On Fridays the Museum is open until 20.30 (last entry at 19.30). Find out about upcoming late opening on Fridays. Please note that galleries start closing up to 10 minutes before the stated closing time. See full opening hours. Special exhibitions will be open Fridays until 20.30 (last entry at 19.30). The Museum is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
What can I bring?
All bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry so we suggest allowing extra time for your visit. Wheeled cases, sports equipment and large items of luggage are not allowed on the premises. See the Visit page for a full list of restrictions. Pushchairs are welcome but will need to be kept with you for the duration of your visit. The new visitor and Member cloakroom is located near the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. See the Visit page for more information. Please don't leave your bags unattended at any point during your visit. You're welcome to bring food and drink, but we ask that you don't consume these in the galleries.
Do you have maps, guides and tours?
View the map to help navigate the Museum and explore incredible cultures from around the world. Discover ancient Egypt, Assyria and the Mediterranean and reconnect with objects including the Rosetta Stone, the treasures of Sutton Hoo and the Portland Vase. There are also themed object trails to follow: One hour at the Museum trail Collecting and empire trail Twelve objects to see with children trail Desire, love, identity: LGBTQ histories trail Although our audio guides are not currently available, you can download our object highlights audio to use on your device. The popular gallery introductions from our audio guide are also available on YouTube Music(Opens in new window) and Apple Music(Opens in new window). We're currently running the following Museum-led tours: Out-of-hours: an introduction to ancient Egypt Out-of-hours: life and death in ancient Egypt Out-of-hours: an introduction to the British Museum Out-of-hours: an introduction to China Out-of-hours: an introduction to the ancient Greek world Around the world in 70 minutes Desire, love, identity: an LGBTQ tour Eye-opener tours Friday night spotlight tours (resuming soon)
What is there for families?
There are a variety of free downloadable Museum explorer trails for your family to enjoy while at the Museum. Take on a Museum Mission (featured in six galleries) and challenge your family to a variety of tasks. Pose with mighty emperors in Room 70, or hunt for hieroglyphs among Egyptian sculptures. If you're visiting on a weekend head to the Families Desk and chat to one of our friendly family facilitators to make the most of your visit. Make sure to collect a backpack and Museum explorer trail. Fold-up prams and buggies can be left free of charge in the cloakroom, which is found by turning left immediately after passing through the Main entrance of the Museum. Items of large luggage (including some bags and rucksacks and all wheeled suitcases) are not permitted on-site. For more information on family facilities, please see our Family visits page.
Where can I find advice for disabled visitors?
For information about facilities for those with specific access requirements, please see the Accessibility at the Museum page. This includes how to book parking, reserve a wheelchair and information on access. If you need help during your visit, please speak to a uniformed member of staff. For accessible events, please check the Accessible events calendar.
What food and drink is there on-site?
We offer a wide range of refreshments at the Court Café in the west and north-east corners of the Great Court, which operates during the same opening hours as the Museum. Enjoy a Hokusai-inspired afternoon tea under the magnificent roof of the Great Court in the atmospheric Great Court Restaurant. The restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday from 11.00–17.00 (last sitting 16.00). Please note that the following catering points currently remain closed: Pizzeria Montague Café Coffee Lounge Visit our Food and drink page for more information.
Can I book a school visit?
Our popular Virtual Visits sessions and on-site Presentations, aimed at ages 7-11 are open for booking. There are also learning and activity resources on our Schools pages. Sign up to our Schools newsletter(Opens in new window) to receive regular news and updates.
How do I find an object from the collection?
Search Collection online to find out more about individual objects.
How can I identify objects?
Booking requests for the department study rooms at the British Museum main site can now be accepted. Opening hours vary. Our library and archive are open by appointment: Tuesday – Thursday, 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.00. How can I contact a
How can I contact a department with a collection or research enquiry?
Please see our Departments page for more information on contacting our curatorial departments.
Can I use images belonging to the Museum?
You can find high-resolution images for non-commercial use on Collection online. Search individual objects to see what's available. Click on the 'Use this image' link on the bottom right of the page. To request images for publication, or any commercial use, please visit www.bmimages.com(Opens in new window) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I work/volunteer at the Museum?
The Museum doesn't accept speculative applications for jobs, work experience or internships and is unable to respond to these requests. If you're interested in applying for a position at the British Museum, please check our current vacancies(Opens in new window) and submit your application via the online recruitment system. Alternatively, check the Volunteer page for more information.