British Museum

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Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.

World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Museum galleries are open daily 10.00–17.30, and most are open until 20.30 on Fridays. Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays).

Closed: 24-26 December
1 January
Good Friday

The Museum is closed on 1 January and 24, 25, 26 December.

Admission charges

Admission is free to all visitors. Charges may apply for special exhibitions and events.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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The Olmec Civilisation of ancient Mexico

  • 2 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Jago Cooper, British Museum.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4262&title=The%20Olmec%20civilisation&eventType=Gallery%20talk

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Ancient African civilisations

  • 3 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Julie Hudson, British Museum.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4263&title=Ancient%20African%20civilisations&eventType=Gallery%20talk

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The ancient Greeks and their place in the Mediterranean

  • 6 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Gillian Hovell, independent speaker.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4265&title=The%20ancient%20Greeks%20and%20their%20place%20in%20the%20Mediterranean&eventType=Gallery%20talk

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The Indus civilisation 2600–1900 BC

  • 7 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Daniela De Simone, British Museum.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4266&title=The%20Indus%20civilisation%202600–1900%20BC&eventType=Gallery%20talk

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The Parthenon: the first monument to civilisation?

  • 8 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

Writer, lecturer and dramatist David Stuttard explores how the Parthenon represents Periclean Athens’ definition of itself as the embodiment of civilisation.

Athens under the statesman Pericles (c. 461–429 BC) set itself up in contrast to the 'barbarian other'. This has cast a long shadow not only on how classical Athens is viewed, but also on what is considered to be 'civilisation'. David Stuttard argues that the Parthenon is the first time this idea is manifested in art.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4264&title=The%20Parthenon:%20the%20first%20monument%20to%20civilisation?&eventType=Lecture

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Reading Margery Kempe's inner voices

  • 9 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

Charles Fernyhough, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Durham, discusses the English mystic Margery Kempe (c. 1373–after 1438), whose work The Book of Margery Kempe is considered the first autobiography in English. He explores how Margery's descriptions of her voice-hearing experiences can help to refine psychological and neuroscientific accounts of hallucinations.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4056&title=Reading%20Margery%20Kempe%27s%20inner%20voices&eventType=Lecture

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Museums and the materialisation of refusal

  • 9 March 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Wayne Modest, Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Africa Museum, Netherlands, responds to issues related to exhibiting experiences of empires, with reference to what he refers to as the 'materialisation of refusal'.

Admission

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4255&title=Museums%20and%20the%20materialisation%20of%20refusal&eventType=Lecture

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Deaf-led BSL tour of 'Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond'

  • 9 March 2018 7:15-8:30pm

This BSL tour led by Serena Cant will look at highlights from the exhibition Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond.

Please note that this tour is for Deaf and hard of hearing British Sign Language users. It is in British Sign Language and does not include a voiceover.

To book, please email: access@britishmuseum.org

Languages

  • BSL

Admission

Friday 9 March 2018,
19.15–20.30
Information Desk
Free, booking essential

Email access@britishmuseum.org

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4000&title=Deaf-led%20BSL%20tour%20of%20Living%20with%20gods:%20peoples,%20places%20and%20worlds%20beyond&eventType=Deaf-led%20BSL%20tour

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Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

  • 9 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Carolyn Perry, independent speaker.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4267&title=Mesopotamia:%20the%C2%A0cradle%20of%C2%A0civilisation&eventType=Gallery%20talk

David Olusoga. Photo: BBC

Who owns history?: David Olusoga and Dan Snow in conversation

  • 10 March 2018 2:30pm

Almost half a century since Kenneth Clark’s original 1969 television series Civilisation, the role of history in our society has profoundly changed, with a multiplicity of new stories, voices and perspectives emerging in how it is researched and told. In this special event, acclaimed historian and presenter of the BBC’s new Civilisations TV series, David Olusoga, joins broadcaster and historian Dan Snow to discuss the question of who owns history, and the role of marginalised histories in reshaping a singular narrative of history into a plurarlistic one.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org

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From queen to commoner: women in ancient Egypt

  • 10 March 2018 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Carol Andrews, independent speaker.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4268&title=From%20queen%20to%20commoner:%20women%20in%20ancient%20Egypt&eventType=Gallery%20talk

Photo: Chirine El Ansary.

The Crick Crack Club presents 1001 Nights

  • 11 March 2018 2:30-5pm

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

A king betrayed by his wife, decides to wreak his revenge on womankind by bedding, then slaughtering, one virgin every night... but then he meets Sheherazade.

Sheherazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for a thousand and one nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools and comedians all jostling for attention.

The fabulous Egyptian storyteller and performer Chirine El Ansary returns to the Crick Crack Club to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Nights, stories that explore the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

Chirine El Ansary
Cairo born, and Le Coq and Goldsmith’s trained in Paris and London, Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and physical performer living in Egypt and France, and working in French, English and Arabic. Chirine was one of the first performers to perform in the ancient buildings in the heart of the old city of Cairo, and in the markets and old palaces of Damascus and Aleppo. Today she is an international storyteller and has performed in cities diverse as Sana’a, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam, Paris and London.

Presented as part of HeForShe Arts Week and as part of the BBC Civilisations Festival.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4252&title=The%20Crick%20Crack%20Club%20presents%201001%20Nights&eventType=Performance

Babel, babbling and the British Museum

  • 26 November 2041 1:15-2pm

A gallery talk by Irving Finkel, British Museum.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Admission

Free

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

British Museum Webquests

http://nmolp.britishmuseum.org/webquests/

Webquests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
Greater London
WC1B 3DG
England

Website

www.britishmuseum.org

E-mail

Information

information@britishmuseum.org

Telephone

020 7323 8299

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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