Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

The BP exhibition

19 May - 27 November 2016
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
£16.50, Members/under 16s free

★★★★★
‘spectacular... a show to move you to tears of wonder’
The Times

★★★★★
‘Staggeringly beautiful’
Evening Standard

Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.

Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth and migration, gods and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.

Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies. They will be seen alongside fascinating objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK.

Discover the incredible story of the remarkable relationship between the major ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, unveiled in this monumental new exhibition.

Organised with the Hilti Foundation and the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine. 


Sicily: culture and conquest

Sicily: culture and conquest

21 April 2016 - 14 August 2016
Room 35
£10, Members/under 16s free

★★★★
a brilliant history
The Guardian

★★★★
historically illuminating and visually stunning
The Times

★★★★
marvel at Sicily’s outstanding past
The Telegraph

★★★★
thrilling
The Evening Standard

The largest island in the Mediterranean. The home of Mount Etna. A cultural centre of the ancient and medieval world.

Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.

This exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.

For much of its history, Sicily was admired and envied for its wealth, cultural patronage and architecture. In the exhibition, ancient Greek sculpture, architectural decorations from temples, churches and palaces, early coinage, stunning gold jewellery, and Norman mosaics and textiles demonstrate Sicily’s diversity, prosperity and significance over hundreds of years.

Discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean. 


Sicily: culture and conquest: Restaurant package

Sicily: culture and conquest: Restaurant package

Available 21 April 2016 - 3 August 2016
British Museum

Enhance your exhibition experience with a special Sicilian set menu lunch in the Great Court Restaurant. From calamari and swordfish to arancini and Tiramisu, enjoy dishes inspired by traditional Sicilian food and the island’s diverse culinary influences, from Greece to North Africa.

Alternatively you can enjoy an afternoon tea after your visit to the exhibition.

2-course lunch and then 14.00 exhibition entry - £28
3-course lunch and then 14.00 exhibition entry - £31
14.00 exhibition entry, followed by afternoon tea - £23

Subject to availability.

When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com
http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/eating.aspx  


Sicily: culture and conquest: Friday dinner package

Sicily: culture and conquest: Friday dinner package

Available 21 April 2016 - 3 August 2016 (Fridays only)
British Museum

Enhance your exhibition experience with a special Sicilian set menu dinner in the Great Court Restaurant. From calamari and swordfish to arancini and Tiramisu, enjoy dishes inspired by traditional Sicilian food and the island’s diverse culinary influences, from Greece to North Africa.

Alternatively you can enjoy an afternoon tea before your visit to the exhibition.

18.00 exhibition entry and then 2-course dinner - £28
18.00 exhibition entry and then 3-course dinner - £31
Afternoon tea followed by 18.00 exhibition entry - £23
Subject to availability.

When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com
http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/eating.aspx  


Sicily: culture and conquest: Afternoon tea package

Sicily: culture and conquest: Afternoon tea package

Available 21 April 2016 - 3 August 2016
British Museum

Enjoy an afternoon tea before or after your visit to the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest.

Afternoon tea with exhibition entry at 14.00 (every day) or 18.00 (Fridays only) - £23.

Subject to availability.

When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com
http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/eating.aspx  


South Africa: the art of a nation

South Africa: the art of a nation

27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
Room 35
£12.00, Members/under 16s free

From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

In this exhibition a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

Come on a journey from the very beginnings of artistic thought, through some of the earliest sculpture in southern Africa to colonial art from the 17th century onwards. See magnificent examples of 19th-century South African art, highly charged 20th-century works that responded to segregation and apartheid, and pieces that showcase the post-apartheid transformation of the nation since 1990.

The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.