A History of the World in 100 Objects


  • Belinda Crerar

Further information

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Recommend this exhibition

A History of the World in 100 Objects invites visitors to journey along a timeline of human history and object creation.

The exhibition uses 100 objects from the British Museum’s encyclopaedic collection to explore a series of diverse places and cultures. All the objects have been carefully selected for their ability to tell powerful and surprising stories about the societies which created them.

The objects in the exhibition represent a vast range of material, from stone to gold, clay to plastic, and vary in size from large Egyptian sculpture to a small but exquisite gold llama from Peru. Through these objects, visitors can gain immediate access to the ideas and concerns of the people who made and used them – from how they lived to what they believed.

Unlocked by the research of British Museum curators, the objects tell many stories, and together reveal a deeply human history of our world.

Future venues

National Museum, Kyushu
14 July – 6 September 2015

City Museum, Kobe
20 September 2015 – 17 January 2016