Get closer to the collection

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Getting closer to the collection

 

Visiting an exhibition

 Ashurbanipal

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.

Please note: On 24 January 2019 between 10 – 12 am, under 5s along with their parents and carers will be vising the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria. During this time a small area of the exhibition will be exclusively reserved for these activities but young children will be invited to also explore the rest of the exhibition space.

 Manga

The Citi exhibition

Manga

23 May 2019 – 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.

 

 Manga

Edvard Munch: love and angst

11 April 2019 – 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.

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


 

Visiting the collection

Planning

Planning your visit

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

Please note: Room 1 will be closed from 21 January to 8 February and Rooms 2 and 2a will be closed from 21 January

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. 

 

 

visiting

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.

 

 

relax

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

 Openwork

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. 

Tours, lectures and openings

Coming soon...

 Refurbished

The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries

Now open

Please note: These Galleries will be closed on 16 and 17 October

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...