Get closer to the collection

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Getting closer to the collection

Visiting an exhibition


The Citi exhibition

I object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

6 September 2018  20 January 2019

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop investigates objects of dissent, from graffiti on a Babylonian brick to a banknote with hidden rude words, from satirical Turkish shadow puppets to a recently acquired ‘pussy’ hat worn on a women’s march. See what tales these objects tell – sometimes deadly serious, often humorous, always with conviction.

You can book a free ticket for any under 16s who are accompanying you to the exhibition.

Tours, lectures and openings

Tuesday 30 October, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Tuesday 4 December, curator-led morning tour - Book now


The BP exhibition

I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria

8 November 2018  24 February 2019

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668–c. 631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

You can book a free ticket for any under 16s who are accompanying you to the exhibition.

Tours, lectures and openings

Saturday 10 November 2018, early morning viewing - Book now

Monday 12 November 2018, late night viewing - Book now


Visiting the collection


Planning your visit

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30
Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

As a Member, you have access to exclusive lectures, tours and other special events. Before your visit be sure to take a look at what's on and book any tickets you might need.

Some of our galleries are currently undergoing refurbishment. Download an up-to-date map to find out what is currently open. 




Starting your visit

When visiting the Museum, there is a fast track lane for Members and ticket holders at both entrances. Upon arrival, please remember to have your Membership card, or proof of Membership, ready to show to Museum staff.

Members who are bringing luggage with them are encouraged to check the Museum’s cloakroom policies as these may have changed since your last visit. In particular, please note that wheeled luggage of any size is not permitted on Museum premises.




Taking a break

After a busy day visiting the collection, relax in one of the Museum's cafés or restaurants where Members receive a 10% discount on food and drink.

In the exclusive Members' Room your discount will be automatically applied and you will be able to sit back with a light lunch, scone or glass of wine and look out onto the iconic Great Court below. Take a look at our seasonal menu to find out what is currently on offer.

Refurbished galleries


The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World

Reopens, 18 October 2018

Islam has played a significant role in great civilisations as a faith, political system and culture. The new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World will feature objects that explore cultural exchange from Nigeria to Indonesia and from the 7th century to the present day. From cooking pots to golden vessels, and from 20th-century dress to contemporary art, the objects displayed will demonstrate the extraordinary richness of global encounters. 

Tours, lectures and openings

Saturday 27 October, early morning viewing - Book now

Monday 5 November, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Thursday 8 November, Members exclusive lecture - Book now

Tuesday 11 December, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Wednesday 16 January, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Tuesday 12 February, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Monday 18 December, curator-led morning tour - Book now


The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries

Now open

From ancient flame pots, through samurai armour, to contemporary manga, the objects on display in this gallery date from prehistory to the present. They reference the lives of emperors and also of ordinary townspeople. Explore the expansive history and culture of Japan in these beautiful galleries, which showcase one of the most comprehensive collections of Japanese art and artefacts outside of Japan.

Tours, lectures and openings

Coming soon...