Visiting information

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30

Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

If you’re planning to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, you can read specific visiting information about this exhibition here.

Members do not need to book for our special exhibitions and just need to present their Membership cards at the exhibition entrance. If you need a temporary Membership card one can always be collected from the Membership Desk in the Great Court.

Please be aware that security searches are now taking place prior to entry to the Museum. The Museum will be working to minimise queues, but we advise that you factor this into your visit if planning to arrive at the Museum for a set time.  Members are reminded that their dedicated, free cloakroom is located just inside the King Edward entrance on Montague Place.

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


 Members' evening May 2016

During the opening and closing of our special exhibitions we expect higher numbers of visitors to attend at this time. If large numbers of Members are visiting either exhibition during any one time we may ask Members to collect a ticket to gain entry at a later time on the same day.

If you wish to visit at a particular time during these busy times and would like to be added to the guaranteed entry list for a specific time slot, please phone the Membership Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 at least one working day before your visit.  This system aims to ensure your experience of the exhibition is not compromised by over-crowding.

Current & upcoming exhibitions

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

25 May – 18 June 2017

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90.

Come on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life, when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces. The exhibition features superb landscapes, intimate domestic scenes, exquisite depictions of flora and fauna, and portrayals of the supernatural.

Many of the prints, paintings and illustrated books on display are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together.

Supported by Mitsubishi

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.

Discoveries of ancient tombs have unearthed a wealth of Scythian treasures. Amazingly preserved in the permafrost, clothes and fabrics, food and weapons, spectacular gold jewellery – even mummified warriors and horses – are revealing the truth about these people’s lives. These incredible finds tell the story of a rich civilisation, which eventually stretched from its homeland in Siberia as far as the Black Sea and even the edge of China.

Many of the objects in this stunning exhibition are on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Scientists and archaeologists are continuing to discover more about these warriors and bring their stories back to life.

Explore their lost world and discover the splendour, the sophistication and the sheer power of the mysterious Scythians.

Supported by BP