Past exhibitions and displays

Poster for the 1973 exhibition Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico

A number of British Museum exhibition posters from the early 1960s onwards are available to buy as fine art prints from the British Museum shop online.

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Poster for the 1984 exhibition The Ancient Olypmic Games

View a timeline of selected major exhibitions from 1980 to 2015


Exhibitions and displays by year

2015

Special exhibitions


Free exhibitions and displays


2013

Special exhibitions

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/ice_age_art.aspx

Ice Age Art:
arrival of the modern mind

7 February – 2 June 2013

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/Pompeii_and_Herculaneum.aspx

Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/Shunga.aspx

Shunga:
sex and pleasure in Japanese art

3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014


http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/Beyond_el_dorado.aspx

Beyond El Dorado:
power and gold in ancient Colombia

17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014



2012

Special exhibitions

Grayson Perry:
The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

6 October 2011 – 26 February 2012

Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam

26 January – 15 April 2012

The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot

24 May – 30 September 2012


Free exhibitions and displays

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals

8 February – 9 September 2012

Sui Jianguo’s discus thrower

1 June – 9 September 2012

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite

3 May – 2 September 2012

Modern Chinese ink paintings

3 May – 2 September 2012

Artist in residence Project with local school

3 July – 29 July 2012

Money in Bamako and London

1 June – 1 July 2012

Hercules Segers and his printed paintings

6 January – 16 May 2012

Sacred souvenir a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

2 February – 6 May 2012

Artists and the Hajj

26 January – 15 April 2012


2011

Special exhibitions

Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
 

3 November 2010 – 6 March 2011

Australian season

21 April – 16 October 2011



Free exhibitions and displays

Crocodile dance mask: from the Torres Strait Islands

11 August – 16 October 2011

Eric Gill: public and private art

10 February – 7 August 2011

Hackney Hoard: A fascinating find on display

18 April – 26 April 2011

Hokusai's Great Wave

3 November 2011 – 8 January 2012

Impressions of Africa: money, medals and stamps

1 April 2010 – 6 February 2011


2009

Special exhibitions

Shah 'Abbas: The remaking of Iran

19 February – 14 June 2009

Indian Summer

May – September 2009

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler

24 September 2009 – 24 January 2010


Free exhibitions and displays

Medals of Dishonour

25 June – 27 September 2009

Revolution on paper: 
Mexican prints 1910–1960

22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010

Treasures from Shanghai: 
ancient Chinese bronzes and jades

30 January – 27 March 2009

Dazzling the enemy: 
shields from the Pacific

14 May – 16 August 2009

The Staffordshire Hoard

3 November 2009 – 17 April 2010

Takhti: a modern Iranian hero

19 February – 19 April 2009

The power of dogu: 
ceramic figures from ancient Japan

10 September – 22 November 2009

Ruin and rebellion: uncovering the past at Tutbury Castle

9 July 2009 – 21 March 2010


2008

Special exhibitions

The First Emperor:
China's Terracotta Army

13 September 2007 – 6 April 2008

China Landscape

3 May – 27 October 2008

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict

24 July – 27 October 2008


Babylon: Myth and Reality

13 November 2008 – 15 March 2009


Free exhibitions and displays

American Scene:
Prints from Hopper to Pollock

10 April – 7 September 2008

Conservation in focus

11 September – 26 October 2008

Designing change:
coins of Elizabeth II

18 September 2008 – 1 March 2009

Icons of Revolution:
Mao badges then and now

10 April – 14 September 2008

The Sámi Magic Drum

27 November 2008 – 18 January 2009

British sculptors’ drawings:
Moore to Gormley

25 September 2008 – 25 January 2009

Between Tibet and Assam:
cultural diversity in the
eastern Himalayas

23 October 2008 – 13 April 2009


2007

Special exhibitions

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan

19 July – 21 October 2007

The First Emperor:
China's Terracotta Army

13 September 2007 – 6 April 2008


Free exhibitions and displays

Ikebana: Living Flowers of Japan

5 July – 19 August 2007

Inhuman Traffic:
The Business of the Slave Trade

24 May 2007 – 6 April 2008

Italian Prints 1875 – 1975

1 February – 3 June 2007

Korean Moon Jar

20 September – 21 October 2007


2006

Special exhibitions

The past from above: 
through the lens of Georg Gerster

16 November 2006 – 11 February 2007


Free exhibitions and displays

The art of peace: 
Paintings by the poet Tagore

14 September – 12 November 2006

Durga: 
Creating an image of the goddess

12 August – 27 September 2006

Michelangelo drawings: 
closer to the master

23 March – 25 June 2006

Michelangelo: 
money and medals

12 January – 25 June 2006

Myths of Bengal

14 September 2006 – 7 January 2007

Power and Taboo: Sacred objects from the eastern Pacific

28 September 2006 – 7 January 2007

Rembrandt: 
Three Crosses

28 February 2006 – 23 April 2006

The Warren Cup

11 May – 2 July 2006


2005

Special exhibitions

Africa Garden

8 May – 4 September 2005

Samuel Palmer: vision and landscape

21 October 2005 – 22 January 2006


Free exhibitions and displays

Ferdinand Columbus:
Renaissance Collector

9 February – 5 June 2005

Forgotten Empire:
the world of Ancient Persia

9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006

Iran before Islam: Propaganda
and Religion AD 224 – 652

30 June 2005 – 8 January 2006

Samurai to Manga:
Japan across the centuries

15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006

Wealth of Africa: 4,000 years
of money and trade

20 January – 26 June 2005


2004

Free exhibitions and displays

Public image: Portraits on coins and medals

22 January – 18 July 2004

Status symbols: identity and belief
on modern badges

22 July 2004 – 16 January 2005

Sudan: ancient treasures

9 September 2004 – 9 January 2005


2003

Special exhibitions

Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

21 November 2003 – 14 March 2004


Free exhibitions and displays


2002

Free exhibitions and displays


1972

Special exhibitions

Treasures of Tutankhamun

30 March – 30 December 1972



See a chronology (PDF) of all exhibitions from 1838 to 2012