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Getting closer to the collection


Visiting an exhibition


Edvard Munch: love and angst

Until 21 July 2019

The creator of art's most haunting and iconic face. A radical father of Expressionism. Norway’s answer to Vincent van Gogh. But who was Edvard Munch? Discover this pioneering, subversive artist as the British Museum lifts the veil on his life and works in the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years.

Edvard Munch: love and angst is a popular exhibition and will at times be busy. For detail on the best way to see the exhibition as a Member take a look at our Visiting Munch page.

Please note: On 18 April, 20 May and 11 July 2019 between 10 – 12 am, families and under 5s will be vising Edvard Munch: love and angst and noise levels are likely to be higher than normal.


The Citi exhibition


Until 26 August 2019

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Now a multimedia global phenomenon, as a genre Manga developed after the Second World War, but its artistic roots can be traced back to narrative hand scrolls from the 12th century.  This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

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

Please note: On 10 June 2019 and 6 August 2019 between 10 – 12 am, under 5s along with their parents and carers will be vising the Citi exhibition Manga.



The BP exhibition

Troy: myth and reality

Open 21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020

The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.

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


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

Once inside the Museum gates there is a fast track lane for Members, ticket holders and visitors with young children. Upon arrival, please remember to have your Membership card, or proof of Membership, ready to show to Museum staff. At times when the Museum is particularly busy all visitors may be asked to queue outside the gates and so we recommend that all Members leave plenty of time between arrival and any booked exhibition visits. 

The Museum takes the security and safety of all visitors very seriously. All visitors including Members are required to abide by the  Museum’s cloakroom policies and may not be admitted if their belongings and luggage do not correspond to these. In particular, please note that wheeled luggage of any size is not permitted on Museum premises.




Taking a break

During popular exhibitions we expect that the Members' Room is likely to be very busy. Don't forget you can visit one of the Museum's other cafés or restaurants where Members still receive a 10% discount on food and drink.

In the Members' Room this 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.

Please note that only Members with a guest facility can bring a guest with them to the Members' Room.


Refurbished galleries


The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World

Now open

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. 


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.