What's on at The British Museum?


The British Museum has reopened its doors to the public, explore the latest exhibitions.


24th August 2020

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Located just around the corner from The Montague on the Gardens, The British Museum has reopened its doors, welcoming visitors back with new and exciting exhibitions.

The museum hosts both free and ticketed exhibitions, with advanced booking necessary to secure your time slot for a safe and socially distanced visit. Please plan your visit in advance and check opening times.

Edmund de Waal: Library of Exile

Library of Exhile exhibition room

27th August 2020 – TBC

Created by British artist and writer, Edmund de Waal, housing more than 2,000 books, library of exile is an exploration of authors who have been uprooted from their homes. Each book has a book plate inside its cover, to enable visitors to write their name on ones that speak to them.

This exhibition is free to visitors.
Booking information

Living with art: Picasso to Celmins

Walker in his apartment

17th October 2020 - 9th February 2022

His first exhibition in over 10 years, Alexander Walker (1930–2003) was a film critic who was an avid collector of contemporary works of art, from Picasso to David Hockney. He left his collection of over 200 works to the British Museum. The exhibition will explore Walker’s chosen key pieces which follow the development of 20th century European and American art.

This exhibition is free to visitors.
Booking information

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution

Painted and gilded clay figure of Kali striding over Shiva, Bengal Eastern India,

24th September 2020 – 24th January 2021

Learn more about Tantra, the revolutionary philosophical thought that transformed the religious, cultural, and political landscape of India. Tantra, which originated in medieval India, played a major role in the Indian fight for independence as well as influencing Hinduism and Buddhism. Often misrepresented, the exhibition aims to show Tantra’s impact globally through objects from around the world.

Free for British Museum members.
Booking information

Arctic: culture and climate

Kiliii Yuyan's photograph of umiaq and north wind during spring whaling on inkjet print, 2019

22nd October 2020 – 21st February 2021

This exhibition explores the art and culture of Indigenous People in the Artic. The objects displayed show the creativity of communities and their historical significance today and how the Artic, ‘is far from the inhospitable hinterland it's often imagined to be.’ The exhibition also focuses on the effects of global warming on Indigenous People and their craft, and the disastrous consequences on their land.

Free for British Museum members.
Booking information 

Explore more of The British Museum next time you visit The Montague on the Gardens. Afterwards, why not enjoy drinks at Mix It, The Montague's very own bottomless cocktail-making experience?

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