The Americas


South America

The British Museum holds thousands of objects from south America, from the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilian to Colombian goldwork and Aztec turquoise mosaics.

Beyond El Dorado: image bank 
Age 7–16

Beyond El Dorado: exhibition teacher guide 
Age 7–16

Moctezuma: Aztec ruler 
Age 7–11

The Aztec world 
Age 7–11, 12–16


School session

The world in AD 900


Starting with Anglo-Saxon England, students learn about the world in AD 900 before focusing on Mayan, Benin or Islamic culture and society.

School session

Around the world in a day


Students explore the varied lifestyles of five ancient societies by examining objects in the galleries made around the world at the same moment in time.


Teachers receive a 10% discount*. Quote teacher1112 in Museum shops or at the checkout online.

*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

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