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How your money helps

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‘Through the generosity of people like you, the British Museum is freely accessible to the 5 million people who visit us each year, and to the millions more on the internet. The Museum’s role is more important than ever as a place where the interlocking stories of worldwide humanity can be seen, explored and understood.’

– Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum

Every time you spend money at the British Museum or on the online shop, you are making a real difference to one of the world’s leading museums. Help us to improve the services we offer as we guide the Museum into the future and welcome new generations of visitors.

The British Museum and its website are visited by millions of people every year. The Museum holds a unique collection of objects, spanning 10,000 years of human history. It is essential that we continue to ensure this collection is conserved, curated, researched and available to all our visitors.


Throughout its history, the British Museum has been shaped by the generosity of the public as well as individual benefactors. As a non-profit organisation, the Museum relies on a number of income streams including sales from tickets, Membership, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a variety of individual and corporate donors.

The full potential of the Museum’s collection could not be realised without your help - wherever you are in the world and however much you decide to spend or give. Your money helps provide a vital source of income, which we use to fund a range of core activities and public programmes. Whether it is outreach, conservation, acquisition or one of the many other activities that we are involved in, we could not do it without your continued support.