Opening times:
09.45–17.30 Saturday – Thursday
09.45–20.30 Friday

Last deposit is 1 hour before closing.

Items must be collected 30 minutes prior to closing.

The main cloakroom is to the west of the Main entrance and is a charging service.

Members can use a free cloakroom at the Montague Place entrance.

Prices per item:
Umbrella £1
Coat £2
Fold up pushchair Free
Bag (up to 4kg) £2.50
Bag 4kg–8kg £5

Please note that when maximum cloakroom capacity is reached the Museum cannot accept any more items.

In the event of a fire evacuation, the cloakroom will be closed immediately. Follow fire evacuation instructions and staff will help to retrieve items as soon as possible.

The Museum reserves the right to vary or alter these conditions without prior notice.

Large luggage

Bag searches and large luggage

For reasons of security and safety, the British Museum has a bag size and maximum weight policy in place.

For everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry. All checks and measures are in place for the security, safety and comfort of visitors and staff. Thank you for your co-operation and support.

Please do not bring large luggage, suitcases, cabin bags, adult scooters and other oversized objects to the Museum.

Maximum bag size allowed inside the building is 40cm x 40cm x 50cm.

Maximum bag weight allowed inside the building is 8kg (except fold-up pushchairs).

Wheeled cases are not allowed onto the Museum premises.

Storage for luggage is available at major rail stations, including Euston, King’s Cross and Charing Cross.

Folding bicycles and adult scooters are not allowed inside the building.

You should not leave bags unattended at any time.

All items deposited in the cloakroom must be collected before leaving the Museum.

The Museum reserves the right to vary or alter these conditions without prior notice.

Special exhibitions may have additional restrictions.

Lost property

Lost property

For all Lost Property enquiries please go to the Information Desk in the Great Court. 


Toilets   Disabled toilets


Please note that the Museum’s toilet facilities are currently being improved. During these works, some toilets that are marked on the map will be unavailable. For the latest list of toilet locations, ask at the Information Desk in the Great Court on the day of your visit.

There are toilets on every floor.

Accessible toilets are in the Great Court, the Ford Centre for Young Visitors, the Clore Education Centre and to the north of Room 66.

Baby changing

Baby changing

Baby changing facilities are in the Great Court, at the Ford Centre for Young Visitors, the North stairs (level 0) and the North stairs (level 3)

More information about visiting the Museum with children 

Baby feeding

Baby feeding

The Museum aims to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone; this includes parents visiting with infants.

Breastfeeding and bottle feeding are permitted anywhere on the Museum’s grounds but should parents require more privacy, the Museum has two feeding rooms which are located:

  • Adjacent to the baby changing space on the east side of the Great Court
  • In the Ford Centre for Young Visitors (available to families during weekends and school holidays only)

Cutlery   Coffee cup

Restaurants and cafés

The Pizzeria and Court Cafés are on the ground floor. The Court Restaurant on the upper floor.

High chairs are available in the cafés and the restaurant.

More information 

Eating areas

Child-friendly eating

Child-friendly food is offered at the cafés.

At weekends and during school holidays, the Ford Centre for Young Visitors is open for families.

More information about visiting the Museum with children 


Free WiFi

Free WiFi is available. When visiting the Museum, log on to British Museum WiFi.

Funded by Mayor of London and Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Connectivity supported by the Daisy Group


Photography and filming

Photography with flash and video recording is permitted in most galleries for private purposes only, using hand-held equipment. Tripods and monopods are not permitted in any part of the Museum. In special circumstances a permit may be granted, enquire on +44 (0)20 7323 8380 or filming@britishmuseum.org

About photography 
About commercial filming