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The National Gallery. National Gallery. Royal Museums Greenwich: sea, ships, time and the stars. Visit. Welcome to the British Museum. Two hoards and one unknown Viking ruler. Ian Richardson, Portable Antiquities and Treasure, British Museum The saying goes that one waits an eternity for a London bus to arrive, only for two to eventually show up at the same time.

Two hoards and one unknown Viking ruler

Dot Boughton, Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Lancashire and Cumbria, is probably beginning to feel that the same rule applies to Viking silver hoards. It was only in April of this year that a hoard of over 90 coins and hacksilver from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria was reported to Dot. For any FLO, and indeed for the British Museum, which provides expert advice to enable the coroner to hold an inquest into the case (as required under the Treasure Act 1996), this represented a lot of material to work on.

Not since the discovery of the Vale of York hoard almost five years ago had so many Viking-age artefacts and coins from one find been reported as Treasure. A piece of jewellery from the Silverdale Viking hoard Among the many stand-out objects is a coin type none of us had seen before. Visiting. British Museum shop online. Explore. Highlights. The British Museum uses cookies to ensure you have the best browsing experience and to help us improve the site.


By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more x The British Museum More search options Home > Explore > Highlights Explore / Highlights. Natural History Museum. Visit us. Entry is free (There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions) Opening times Last Friday of the month open until 22.30 for Lates, excluding December.

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The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but closed 24-26 December. The Museum's step-free entrance is on Exhibition Road. Keep up to date at NHM_Visiting on Twitter Visiting our Museum at Tring? For your security, most areas of the Museum are protected by CCTV. On entry to the Museum your bags and other personal items will be inspected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. What's on From the latest gallery highlights, daily activities and films to special exhibitions and events, find out what’s on for visitors.

Getting here There are many ways to reach us. Temporary exhibitions Explore nature, science, conservation and artistic interpretation in our temporary exhibitions. Booking. Orange Zone. Floor Plans. Green Zone. Central Hall The Museum's grand entrance hall includes the Diplodocus skeleton, a 1,300-year-old giant sequoia tree, Darwin's statue and the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish still living in the Indian Ocean.

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Treasures This spectacular new gallery showcases the most exceptional objects and specimens from the Museum's collections. Fossil Marine Reptiles Learn what was going on in the oceans while the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. See how an ichthyosaur gave birth. Fossils from Britain View ancient creatures like trilobites and ammonites, and marvel at fossilised shark teeth. Creepy Crawlies Satisfy your curiosity about ants, hawk moths, termites, spiders, hermit crabs and 1000s of their relatives. Gallery Announcements. Gallery highlights. Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery Discover the dramatic forces of nature in our newly-opened Volcanoes and Earthguakes gallery.

Gallery highlights

Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery Explore some of the most exceptional objects from the Museum’s collection in our new permanent gallery, now open. Dinosaurs Meet a terrifying T.rex, inspect dinosaur skeletons and sort the facts from the myths about why dinosaurs died out in the famous Dinosaurs gallery. Mammals (blue whale) Discover a world of massive mammals. Inspect a blue whale, the largest creature ever, from above and below. Dinosaurs. Meet a terrifying T.rex, unearth Baryonyx bones and inspect the Triceratops skeleton in our world-renowned Dinosaurs gallery.


Sort the facts from the myths about why dinosaurs died out and delve into our research and discoveries about these prehistoric giants. Beat the dino queue! Everybody loves the dinosaurs so plan ahead for your school holiday visit to the Museum and book free Dinosaurs gallery tickets in advance. Limited tickets are available for 5-27 April 2014. Beat the queue to our popular Dinosaurs gallery and book your free timed entry ticket in advance online. Please note you can only book advance tickets online.

V&A Museum of Childhood. Your Visit. Eating and drinking The award-winning benugo café sits at the heart of the Museum, so visitors can enjoy a bite to eat whilst soaking up the lively ambience.

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Read more Access Useful information for visitors to the Museum with physical and learning disabilities. Read more Facilities Information on facilities the Museum provides, including the quiet room, bottle warming, buggy park and more. Read more Visiting with under 5s Visiting with a baby or toddler? Read more Virtual tour Explore the Museum without leaving your front door with our 360 degree interactive virtual tour. Read more Christmas. Galleries. The Museum is arranged into four main galleries – the Moving Toys Gallery, the Creativity Gallery, the Childhood Galleries and the Front Room Gallery.


Download a map of the Museum (773KB .pdf) Moving Toys Gallery The Museum's Moving Toys Gallery is divided into four sections – Pushes and Pulls, Springs and Cogs, Circuits and Motors and Look See. Find out more Creativity Gallery The Museum's Creativity Gallery is divided into four sections – Imagine, Be Inspired, Explore and Make it Happen. Find out more Childhood Galleries.