Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day, hourly entry slots
Enter through King Edward entrance on Montague Place
Free, booking essential

Due to the significant increase in tour group visitors and to make the visitor experience pleasant for all visitors, it has become necessary for all tour groups to book their visit to the museum at least seven days in advance.

If bookings are not made in advance, groups may be denied immediate entry to the museum.

All tour groups from the 8th of October must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance has previously been advised on the British Museum website for groups planning visits as it provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.

We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support with these changes which will improve your visit to the museum.

During the booking process please specify the number in your group and also if the majority of your visit will involve any one area of the Museum's collection. If you will be visiting many areas of the Museum but not one specific area in depth please put your group number in the 'General admission' category during the booking process.

If any of your group have specific access needs please see the 'Visiting' section of the Museum's website for more information on all facilities available. This is also where you will find details of our full Visitor Regulations. 


Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.30 and 14.00
Tours commence at the Information Desk
£12 per person, children under 12 with an accompanying adult free

Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute guided tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection.

The tour is for adults, but children under 12 are free (when accompanied by an adult). The tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a lot of walking. 


Members Exclusive Lecture Sunken Cities: Egypt meets Greece

Members Exclusive Lecture Sunken Cities: Egypt meets Greece

Monday 11 April 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Curator of the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds Aurelia Masson-Berghoff, will introduce the first major British Museum exhibition focused on underwater archaeology for Members before it opens to the public. The rediscovery of the Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, submerged beneath the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years, have transformed our understanding of the relationship between ancient Egypt and Greece. Aurelia will explore the colourful multi-cultural world in which the habitants of these cities lived, between the Archaic and Hellenistic periods, telling stories of migration, power, religious beliefs and the transmission of ideas between two great ancient civilisations.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture Sicily: Culture and Conquest

Members' Exclusive Lecture Sicily: Culture and Conquest

Monday 07 March 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Curators Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs introduce the forthcoming special exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. It tells the story of two extraordinary periods in the 3,000 year history of the island, whose fertility and strategic position has attracted successive waves of settlers and conquerors. The first flourishing began around 734 BC, when the ancient Greeks began to arrive on Sicily’s shores in search of trade and adventure. In the Middle Ages the Normans heard of the island’s richness and had conquered it entirely by AD 1091. Poised between Christian Europe and Islamic North Africa, Sicily became home to one of the most enlightened and tolerant courts in Europe.
Tickets £15 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture: Behind Closed Doors

Members' Exclusive Lecture: Behind Closed Doors

Monday 18 April 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Take a look at the knowledge, skill and expertise hidden behind the scenes at the British Museum. Discover what it takes not only to preserve and restore some of the world's greatest treasures but also how we continually discover what else they can tell us through scientific research. Our Conservation and Scientific Research teams will take you through the processes we use to preserve and research objects of all types and times: from torcs to textiles, cauldrons to coffins, and more.
Tickets £15 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required

 


Museum of the citizen

Museum of the citizen

Friday 4 March 2016, 18.30-20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Partnerships are fundamental to the vision of the British Museum as a national collection – a museum of the citizen, with objects and skills accessible to the broadest audience. This panel discussion, chaired by Dame Liz Forgan, will explore in depth how the British Museum works in partnership with 250 UK museums and galleries, the value this brings to local communities, and what future partnerships might look like.  


Renaissance music and the Waddesdon Bequest

Renaissance music and the Waddesdon Bequest

Friday 19 February 2016, 19.00-20.00
Room 2
Free, booking required

Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved performs a selection of Renaissance, early Baroque and contemporary works, inspired by the Waddesdon Bequest – a dazzling collection of rare and beautiful objects bequeathed to the Museum in 1898 by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild and now displayed in a brand new gallery (Room 2a).

Listen to music by Dowland, Torelli, Biber and Matteis alongside a new work inspired by the Waddesdon Bequest by David Gorton – all responding to this unique cabinet of curiosities.
Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Amati 1570 and Cuthbert 1670 violins accompanied by Julian Perkins on the harpsichord. 


Sattriya Dance Theatre: dance and identity in globalising India

Sattriya Dance Theatre: dance and identity in globalising India

Friday 18 March 2016, 18.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

In response to the current Room 91 display Krishna in the garden of Assam, award-winning Indian classical dance soloist, choreographer and ethnomusicologist Dr Menaka P P Bora presents a compelling performance of the 16th-century Assamese classical art-form known Sattriya, exploring its place in a globalising India.  


Times Plus Private View of the BP exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Times Plus Private View of the BP exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Saturday 21 May 2016, 8.30-11.00
British Museum
£25.50 per ticket

Join us for a breakfast private view of the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds, the latest blockbuster from the British Museum.

Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece. Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated these spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies. They will be seen alongside fascinating objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK. The exhibition is supported by BP.

Discover the incredible stories unveiled in this monumental new exhibition over a light breakfast, introductory talk from the Exhibition Curator, and a private early morning view of the exhibition.

Tickets cost £25.50 each.  


Yoga: austerity, passion and peace

Yoga: austerity, passion and peace

Friday 8 April 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture
£5, Members/concessions £3

Yoga is practised by millions of people today. But what are its roots, and fundamental meaning? This interdisciplinary panel of experts will examine yoga from ancient Indic times to the present, with reference to the modern quest for authentic spiritual communion with the divine, both from an Indian perspective and a global one. Chaired by independent scholar and founding director of Calm Energy Yoga Hilary Lewis Ruttley, panellists include Dr Jason Birch of The Hatha Yoga Project at SOAS, novelist, journalist and award-winning BBC broadcaster Jameela Siddiqi, and Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute. 


Young Friends Sleepover: race to the Games 12-13 March 2016

Young Friends Sleepover: race to the Games 12-13 March 2016

12 - 13 March 2016, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Get ready for Rio 2016 by exploring both the ancient Olympic Games and their modern equivalent to get you in the mood for a summer of sport! Hear tales of the athletes of ancient Greece, make your own wrestling puppets inspired by Greek pots and try out the unique Brazilian martial art capoeira. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings, gods and heroes from the ancient world before completing your journey to the ancient games in the morning. 


Young Friends Sleepover: race to the Games 23-24 April 2016

Young Friends Sleepover: race to the Games 23-24 April 2016

23 -24 April 2016, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Get ready for Rio 2016 by exploring both the ancient Olympic Games and their modern equivalent to get you in the mood for a summer of sport! Hear tales of the athletes of ancient Greece, make your own wrestling puppets inspired by Greek pots and try out the unique Brazilian martial art capoeira. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings, gods and heroes from the ancient world before completing your journey to the ancient games in the morning.