Crossing borders: European migration throughout history

Crossing borders: European migration throughout history

Monday 20 June 2016, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, Members/concessions £10

Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Exhibition Curator Dirk Booms, British Museum, this panel discussion includes a private view of the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest from 19.00, with the debate beginning at 20.00. 


Egyptian wisdom, Greek philosophy: enduring traditions

Egyptian wisdom, Greek philosophy: enduring traditions

Friday 23 September 2016, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Ancient Greece and ancient Egypt can seem like worlds apart, particularly in terms of their philosophical traditions, but they are closer than they seem. In this special talk, philosopher, broadcaster and psychotherapist Mark Vernon will be in conversation with Vassili Christodoulou from The School of Life, probing the links between Greek and Egyptian systems of thought, and assessing their enduring relevance today. 


Faiths In Tune Interfaith Music Festival

Faiths In Tune Interfaith Music Festival

Sunday 22 May 2016, 10.00-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking advised

This special event celebrates intercultural dialogue by bringing together musicians from a variety of religious traditions to perform on one stage, with reference to sacred objects in the Museum’s collection. The event is open to all, and welcomes people of all beliefs and none. Full programme online in April. 


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 must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.

Please be advised that if you wish to avoid the busiest times for tour group visits, you should not book for the 10:00, 14:00, or 15:00 time slots.

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 you are an educational group where students are under 18 please use this ticket category regardless of area visited. If you are a UK school and are looking to make use of the Ford Centre for Young Visitors or book any of our workshops/galleries please do not book in via this link but visit the 'Learning' section of the website for further booking information

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: The British Museum and the Blitz

Members' Exclusive Lecture: The British Museum and the Blitz

Monday 09 May 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre

On 10 May 1941 the Luftwaffe launched its last major bombing raid of the Blitz on London. Suffering a direct hit, the British Museum sustained severe damage to many of its galleries. Seventy-five years on from the bombing, Curator Thomas Hockenhull of the Coins and Medals department - which saw the worst damage within the Museum during the London Blitz - reflects on the impact of the Second World War on the Museum’s building, its collections, and its staff.
Tickets £15 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture:Hartwig Fischer: introducing the new Director

Members' Exclusive Lecture:Hartwig Fischer: introducing the new Director

Monday 27 June 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£20, includes complimentary drink

Hartwig Fischer took up his post as Director of the British Museum in April 2016. In his inaugural public lecture he will reflect on his first three months in the role and what the British Museum means to the world in 2016. Price includes a drink and donation to the International Training Programme.
Tickets £20 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required

 


Music of Sicily

Music of Sicily

Friday 20 May 2016, 18.00
Room 17
Free, booking required

Come and listen to a range of music inspired by Sicily. 


Osiris: myth, ritual, legend

Osiris: myth, ritual, legend

Friday 9 September 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

The sustained worship of Osiris, ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, united the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. Understanding this cult helps shine a light on the thoughts, belief and religious world represented in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds. In this special discussion, chaired by Exhibition Curator Aurélia Masson-Berghoff, a panel of experts, including Dr Damian Robinson, Dr Andreas Effland, John Baines and François Leclere, will examine Osiris from a variety of perspectives. 


Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

16 - 17 July 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. With craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
 


Sicily: Culture and Conquest - June YF Sleepover

Sicily: Culture and Conquest - June YF Sleepover

18 - 19 June 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. With craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
 


Spectator morning view of Sicily: culture and conquest exhibition with breakfast and curator talk

Spectator morning view of Sicily: culture and conquest exhibition with breakfast and curator talk

Saturday 14 May 2016, entry from 8.45
British Museum
£23 per person, no concessions

Join us for a morning view of the special exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest on Saturday 14 May.

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. This exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries. Discover a cosmopolitan island where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering.

Spectator readers will enjoy an exclusive breakfast in the Great Court Restaurant with an introduction from the Curator and the opportunity to enter the exhibition before it opens to the public.

Exhibition sponsored by Julius Baer

Exhibition in collaboration with Regione Siciliana  


Sunken cities: the discoverers’ story

Sunken cities: the discoverers’ story

Friday 20 May 2016, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

The submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion were rediscovered after a thousand years by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), led by its Director Franck Goddio. In this special event, Goddio and his team member Damian Robinson, Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, join Sir Barry Cunliffe for an evening of questions and answers about their remarkable discoveries, and their on-going work in the Mediterranean and beyond. 


The Crick Crack Club presents The Odyssey

The Crick Crack Club presents The Odyssey

Sunday 13 November 2016, 15.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Come to the Museum for a compelling performance of The Odyssey by storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden. They will bring Homer’s epic tale to life with wry humour, poetic reflection and profound human observation. 


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.