Tuesday 8 December 2015, 19.00 BP Lecture Theatre £15, Members/concessions £12
Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Includes a private view of the exhibition Egypt: faith after the pharaohs from 19.00, with the debate beginning at 20.00.
Every day, hourly entry slots The British Museum 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.
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.
Friday 22 January 2016, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
Alice Roberts, writer and co-presenter of the BBC series Celts, and Exhibition Curator Julia Farley discuss the considerations of presenting and interpreting the Celtic artistic legacy – both ancient and modern – on television and in museums.
Acclaimed as 'the Andy Warhol of Marrakech', Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj presents the UK premiere of his feature-length film Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl. This special evening event includes live music, themed refreshments on sale and a Q&A with Hajjaj. The film takes an unforgettable journey into the colourful world of the henna girls of Marrakesh. Music and refreshments are available from 18.30 and the screening is at 19.15. The ticket price does not include refreshments, but you can buy them from the bar.
Monday 18 January 2016, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £15, includes complimentary drink
Grayson Perry one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists, looks at the nature of identity and how you might discover it in the collection. Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing viewers in with beauty, wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as fear and anger. His hard-hitting and exquisitely crafted works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion.
Monday 8 February 2016, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £15, includes complimentary drink
In AD 410 Alaric’s Goths sacked Rome. In many ways this was a culmination of well over two centuries of incursions by various peoples into the Roman Empire. We tend to call these migrants ‘barbarians’, but who actually were they and what were their motives? History does not repeat itself, but looking at the turmoil of the late Roman Empire might provide us with parallels with, and insights into, current activity around the borders of Europe. Sam Moorhead and David Stuttard are the authors of AD 410 The Year that Shook Rome.
Friday 19 February 2016, 19.00-20.00 Room 2 Free, booking required
Violinist Peter Sheppard-Skaerved leads a trio with a harpsichord and clavichord in performing Renaissance music. The music celebrates and responds to the dazzling objects displayed in the newly opened gallery housing the Waddesdon Bequest, Room 2a. Within view of the new gallery, the musicians perform and interpret glorious pieces which bring a stimulating context to the time in which some of these objects were made. Limited seating.
Thursday 25 February 2016, 18.45 – 20:30 & 20.15 – 22.00 British Museum £19.00 Members
Join us on a journey through the customs and traditions of China with an evening of sensory delights in the magnificent setting of the British Museum. You will experience the richness of China’s cultural heritage through three of its highest art forms – opera, orchestra and the tea ceremony. Featuring an orchestral recital, a scene from one of the most famous Kunqu operas and a traditional tea ceremony, this special evening will elevate the senses. Tickets £19 for Members and their guests. booking required