SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery

Virtual exhibition now online

The Brunei Gallery, SOAS is temporarily closed. We are looking forward to welcoming you back from Tuesday 18 May 2021, subject to government guidance. You will be able to view two exhibitions, Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects and Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China

For now, you can take a virtual tour of our current exhibition, and watch the recording of our latest event on our YouTube channel

Keep up to date with this by signing up to our newsletter and following our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

What to expect when we reopen

When you return, you'll see we’ve installed sanitising stations, our staff will be wearing face coverings and we’ve temporarily removed any interactives and shared items. We keep visitor numbers low and have set-up one-way routes for you to follow.

In return, we’ll need you to wear a face covering inside our gallery and when moving around the SOAS campus (unless you are not able to for personal reasons).  As in other public spaces, you will need to keep 2m away from other visitors as you enjoy your visit.

If you have any questions about re-opening or about the safety procedures at the Brunei Gallery, phone 020 7898 4915 or email

Booking system
  • All users wishing to visit the Brunei Gallery, SOAS will be asked to pre-book their free visit through an online booking system. A limited number of tickets will be made available each day.
  • Upon arrival please check in at the Brunei Gallery Reception Desk with your ticket (electronic or printed) to gain admission to the exhibition
New opening times:
  • Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 – 17.00 (please note there is no longer no late-night opening on Thursday
  • Closed: Sunday and Monday


A frequent and thorough cleaning schedule will be in place, with emphasis on surfaces which may be regularly touched.

Government Guidelines

All government guidelines for creating a safe and welcoming environment for guests will be followed by the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

Guidelines for visitors

For the safety of our guests and staff, we ask everyone to carefully review the following guidelines before visiting the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

  • Please avoid visiting if you have had one or more symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Please visit individually where possible.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided on entry and exit.
  • Please always keep a minimum 2-metre distance from other visitors and members of staff.
  • Group visits are limited to 5 people where tickets are available.
  • Please follow the designated route through the building and exhibition, as indicated by signs on the floor.
  • Use of lifts will be limited to those with mobility issues / pushchairs only.
  • If you are visiting with children, please always supervise them.
  • Please note at this time the toilets in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS will not be accessible.
  • In line with Government regulations for Track and Trace, we will be collecting contact details of all guests. These details will be kept in line with GDPR regulations for a maximum of 21 days before being deleted from our records.

Sign up

Subscribe to our mailing list

Further Information

Enquiries contact:

For enquiries about the collections, donations and loans please contact: 

Social media pages:

Facebook @BruneiGallery.SOAS

Twitter @BruneiGallery

Instagram @bruneigallery

How to Find Us

Address: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Nearest Underground Stations:

Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Warren Street, Euston.

Travel: General Travel Advice

View our current virtual exhibition

Suspect Objects Suspect Suspects 

Prevent Cakes

Welcome to the Brunei Gallery, SOAS

The Brunei Gallery is an exciting venue in central London that hosts a programme of changing contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Gallery's aim is to present and promote cultures from these regions and to be a student resource and public facility.

Part of Museum Mile, the Brunei Gallery is located on Russell Square opposite the main entrance to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) and only a three minute walk from the British Museum.

With the permanent displays in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery and the Japanese Roof Garden, The Brunei Gallery makes a stimulating haven in the heart of London.

Facebook Feed

The Brunei Gallery is Part of

Museum Mile - 13 of London's most extraordinary museums and galleries stretching from  King's Cross to the River Thames.