The BP exhibition

50 years that
changed China

18 September 2014 –
5 January 2015


Exhibition closed

Supported by BP BP logo


Opening hours

Open daily 10.00–17.30
(last entry slot 16.00)

Open late* on Fridays until 20.30
(last entry slot 19.00)

Getting here

Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Plan your journey to the Museum 


Please ask exhibition staff for exhibition information in large print. For more access information, please contact the Museum's Access and Equality Manager on +44 (0)20 7323 8506.

General access to the Museum 

Group visits

Special group rates are available Monday - Sunday. To book group tickets call: +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or email

Group lecture packages

Group lecture packages (minimum 20 people) are available on selected dates. These include coffee and biscuits on arrival, a curator’s introductory lecture, and timed entry to the exhibition. Tickets are £27.50 per person.For further information and booking call: +44 (0)20 7323 8849 or email


Find out further information about the facilities at the British Museum including cloakrooms and luggage restrictions.



Restaurant packages

Combine your exhibition entry with afternoon tea, lunch or dinner in the Great Court Restaurant. Restaurant packages start from just £31.50.

Restaurant packages 

Before you enter

  • Only small bags will be allowed into the exhibition (max size 35x33x13cm)
  • Coats, umbrellas, etc. should be left in the cloakrooms (max size 40x40x50cm and max weight 8kg)
  • The cloakroom is to the left of the Main entrance (£1.50 per item)
  • The Museum reserves the right to search any bags or personal items being taken into the exhibition.

While you are in the exhibition

  • Do not use photographic or video recording equipment
  • Do not carry or consume any food or drink
  • Set your mobile phone to silent

*The Museum reserves the right to amend exhibition opening hours.

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