Visiting as a Member

When visiting the Museum, there is a fast track lane for Members and ticket holders at both entrances, so you can avoid waiting in visitor queues during busy periods. 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.

At the moment booking is not essential, however, all of our special exhibitions can get busy from time to time. Weekends and school holidays are among the most popular times to visit. If an exhibition reaches capacity and you’re not on the guaranteed entry list, we may ask you to collect a ticket for entry at a later time on the same day. We are always happy to suggest some other displays in the Museum for you to visit while you wait.

 Event at the Museum

Relief of Ashurbanipal hunting on horseback. Nineveh, Iraq. Assyrian, 645–635 BC.

Visiting an exhibition

You may wish to consider visiting an exhibition during one of our out-of-hours opportunities or book one of our curator-led tours, listed below. Exhibitions also tend to be quieter on weekdays or on a Friday night. Although the last entry for ticket purchasers is 80 minutes before an exhibition closes, Members can enter an exhibition at any time until closing (17.30 daily, 20.20 on Fridays). Members will need to book online in advance to see an exhibition at these times.

The Citi exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

Tuesday 25 September 2018, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Tuesday 9 October 2018, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Tuesday 30 October, curator-led morning tour - Book now

Tuesday 4 December, curator-led morning tour - Book now

The BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria

Saturday 10 November 2018, early morning viewing - Book now

Monday 12 November 2018, late night viewing - Book now

Wednesday 21 November, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 28 November, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 12 December, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 15 January, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 5 February, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Monday 11 February, curator-led morning tour - SOLD OUT

Current and upcoming exhibitions


The Citi exhibition

I object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

6 September 2018  20 January 2019

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop investigates objects of dissent, from graffiti on a Babylonian brick to a banknote with hidden rude words, from satirical Turkish shadow puppets to a recently acquired ‘pussy’ hat worn on a women’s march. See what tales these objects tell – sometimes deadly serious, often humorous, always with conviction.

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.

Stay up to date

We will update this webpage throughout an exhibition run with important information about visiting as a Member. Sign up to Membership emails to ensure you’re receiving the most up-to-date information from us.

If you know in advance the date and time you wish to visit, you can email the Membership Office at to be added to the guaranteed entry list for a time of your choosing.

Plan your visit

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


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

Members who are bringing luggage with them are encouraged to check the Museum’s cloakroom policies.

Exclusive events

Through our exclusive events programme we make sure that Members always have the chance to get closer to our exhibitions.

Explore and book your tickets for upcoming events today.


The British Musuem Membercast

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The British Museum Membercast lets you take the ideas and inspiration from our lecture series anywhere you go. Whether you are on a cramped train carriage or enjoying a relaxing walk in the countryside, let host Iszi Lawrence and our Museum curators take you on a fascinating journey through history.

Make the most of your Membership

Membership entitles you to 10% off purchases in the Museum’s shops, cafés and restaurant as well as access to the Members’ Room. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition and explore a range of associated merchandise.

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A gold belt plaque in the form of a coiled panther. Siberia, 7th century BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.

Contact the Membership Office

For any urgent queries, please visit the Membership Desk in the Great Court.

The Membership Office is open 9.30 to 17.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10.00 to 17.00 Tuesday.

Telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8195 or