The BP exhibition

50 years that
changed China

18 September 2014 –
5 January 2015


This exhibition is now closed

Supported by BP BP logo


Schools can book in alongside the general public for teacher-led visits throughout the run of the exhibition, subject to ticket availability.


Ming school exclusive mornings
Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and Years 12/13

Enjoy the exhibition with your students on one of the school exclusive mornings.Teacher-led visits to the exhibition on a school exclusive morning are supported by free resources which can be downloaded here from September. These mornings are not facilitated by British Museum staff.


26, 29 September
2, 9, 16 October
20 November
1, 4, 11, 18 December

To book, call 020 7323 8181 or email

The shining dynasty - facilitated exhibition visit
Key Stage 2

This session starts in the exhibition where your students will work with Museum facilitators to find out about the world of the Ming royal courts. A plenary session follows in the Clore Education Centre.

10.00-14.00, includes a lunch break at 12.00

23 October
7, 13, 27 November
8 December

To book, call 020 7323 8181 or email


Private view for teachers

An opportunity for teachers to enjoy an exclusive visit to the exhibition. Plan your visit, enhance your subject knowledge or explore the world of the Ming dynasty.

29 September

18.00 – 20.00

Free, booking required
To book, call +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or email

Schools resources

Plan your visit with our schools resources

Download primary teachers' guide 
Download image bank 

A cloisonné jar

A cloisonné jar, decorated with dragons and imperial mark. China, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, 1426–1435.