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  • Vikings: life and legend

    Vikings: life and legend

    The BP exhibition

    6 March – 22 June 2014

    Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37- metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found.

    Please note: tickets for the same day are only available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Museum and are not available to purchase online or by telephone.

    Image:Sword, late 8th–early 9th century. Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. Photo: John Lee. © The National Museum of Denmark. Background: Kim Westerskov/Getty Images.  


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  • Ming: 50 years that changed China

    Ming: 50 years that changed China

    The BP exhibition

    18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015

    This major exhibition will explore a golden age in China’s history.

    Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. The exhibition will feature a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only been very recently discovered and have never been seen outside China.

    Please note: tickets for the same day are only available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Museum and are not available to purchase online or by telephone.

    Image:Detail of a cloisonné jar, decorated with dragons and imperial mark. China, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, 1426–1435.  


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  • Ancient lives: new discoveries

    Ancient lives: new discoveries

    Think you know mummies? Think again.

    22 May – 30 September 2014

    The exhibition will introduce visitors to eight real people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan. Using the latest technology to understand the mummies, the exhibition will unlock hidden secrets to build up a picture of their lives in the Nile Valley over a remarkable 4,000 years – from prehistoric Egypt to Christian Sudan.
    From a priest’s daughter to a temple singer, a man of high status to a child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, visitors will find out how they lived and how they died, unravel the mysteries of mummification and piece together a world that has been lost for centuries. Visitors will discover that underneath all the apparent differences, we all share a remarkable common humanity.

    Sponsored by Julius Baer.
    Technology partner Samsung Electronics.

    Please note: tickets for the same day are only available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Museum and are not available to purchase online or by telephone.

    Image:Mummy of a priestess named Tayesmutengebtiu in a painted case, and CT scan of the same mummy. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC. 


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