Organised with Museo del Oro
17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014
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Organised with Museo del Oro, Bogotá, this exhibition explores the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish.
Adults £10, Members free
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Beyond the myths of El Dorado
For centuries Europeans were dazzled by the legend of El Dorado – literally ‘the golden one’. Many stories were told of El Dorado – from a lost city of gold to a man covered in powdered gold. The exhibition uncovers the fascinating truth behind some of these myths.
Explore ancient Colombia with a range of special events at the British Museum. Discover the legend of El Dorado with a programme of lectures, films, workshops and family activities.
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Visits and resources
Free visits for school groups, plus pre- and post-visit ideas using key objects as starting points to introduce wider concepts.
Exhibition product range
Browse a selection of products inspired by the exhibition.
Combine your exhibition visit with a 2 or 3-course lunch (or dinner on Fridays) enjoying dishes from the Colombian-inspired menu or a delicious afternoon tea in the newly-refurbished Great Court Restaurant.
Museo del Oro
This exhibition has been planned in partnership between Museo del Oro and the British Museum. Owned by the Banco de la República, the Museo del Oro, Bogotá, houses the largest collection of Latin American gold work in the world.
Objects on loan
A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).
Images © Museo del Oro – Banco de la República, Colombia.