Visiting as a Member

At the moment booking is not essential, however, all of our special exhibitions can get a little busy from time to time. Weekends and school holidays are among the most popular times to visit. If an exhibition reaches capacity and you’re not on the guaranteed entry list, we may ask you to collect a ticket for entry at a later time on the same day. We are always happy to suggest some other displays in the Museum for you to visit while you wait.

Consider visiting during one of our out-of-hours opportunities (listed below), or on a weekday or a Friday night when exhibitions tend to be quieter. Although the last entry for ticket purchasers is 80 minutes before the exhibition closes, Members can enter the exhibition at any time until closing (17.30 daily, 20.20 on Fridays).

 Event at the Museum

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Kiss. S.174. Plaster, after 1898. Musée Rodin.

Advance bookings

Due to popular demand, the following out-of-hours opportunities are available for Members to see special exhibitions. Members will need to book online in advance to see the exhibition at these times.


Saturday 28 April early morning viewing - Book now

Monday 30 April late night viewing - Book now

Living with gods:

Coming soon ...

Upcoming exhibitions

Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

14 September – 14 January 2018

This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice.

Supported by BP

Gold plaque of a mounted Scythian. Black Sea region, c. 400–350 BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.

Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond

1 November 2017 - 8 April 2018

Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies. By looking at how people believe through everyday objects of faith, this exhibition provides a perspective on what makes believing a vital part of human behaviour.

Supported by Genesis Foundation with grateful thanks to John Studzinski

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

26 April 2018 - 29 July 2018

For the first time, this major exhibition will bring together the artist’s works with the Parthenon sculptures that influenced his radical approach to sculpture. The show will include Rodin’s iconic works ‘The Kiss’ and ‘The Thinker’, and many other sculptures on loan from the Musée Rodin.

Supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Exhibition organised with Musée Rodin



Stay up-to-date

We will update this webpage throughout an exhibition run with any important information about visiting as a Member. Sign up to Membership emails to ensure you’re receiving the most up-to-date information from us.

If you know in advance the date and time you wish to visit, you can email the Membership Office at to be added to the Guaranteed Entry list for a time of your choosing.

Plan your visit

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30

Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

Please book a free ticket for any Under 16s who are accompanying you to the exhibition.

Members who are bringing luggage with them are encouraged to check the Museum’s cloakroom policies.

Exclusive events

Through our exclusive events programme we make sure that members always have the chance to get closer to our exhibitions.

Explore and book your tickets for upcoming events today.


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The British Museum Membercast lets you take the ideas and inspiration of our lecture series anywhere you go. Whether you are on a cramped train carriage or enjoying a relaxing walk in the countryside, let host Iszi Lawrence and our Museum curators take you on a fascinating journey through history.

Make the most of your Membership

Membership entitles you to 10% off purchases in the Museum’s shops, cafes and restaurant as well as access to the Members’ Room. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition and explore the range of associated merchandise.

Get closer to the collection

Check out the British Museum blog, follow our social media channels and subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more stories and images from the exhibition and the life of these remarkable nomads

A gold belt plaque in the form of a coiled panther. Siberia, 7th century BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.

Contact the Membership Office

Phone on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 or email

The Membership Office is open 9.30 to 17.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10.00 to 17.00 Tuesday.
Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Alternatively visit the Membership Desk located in the Great Court.