Past exhibitions and displays

Poster for the 1973 exhibition Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico

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Poster for the 1984 exhibition The Ancient Olypmic Games

2019

Special exhibition

I Object

I Object
Ian Hislop's search for dissent

6 September 2018 – 20 January 2019


Free exhibitions and displays

New acquisitions
Gozzoli to Kara Walker

4 October 2018 – 27 January 2019


No man's land

22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019


2018

Special exhibitions

Scythians

Scythians
warriors of ancient Siberia

14 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

Living with gods

Living with gods
peoples, places and worlds beyond

2 November 2017 – 8 April 2018

Rodin

Rodin
and the art of ancient Greece

26 April – 29 July 2018


Free exhibitions and displays

Sidney Nolan centenary
Back of Beyond

24 November 2017 – 11 January 2018


On violence and beauty
Reflections on war

9 November 2017 – 21 January 2018


The business of prints

21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018


The Currency of Communism

19 October 2017 – 18 March 2018


A revoluntionary legacy
Haiti and Toussaint Louverture

22 February 2018 – 22 April 2018


Prints and drawing from the Fontainebleau school

13 March 2018 – 13 May 2018


Historical baggage
Glen Brown and his sources

15 May 2018 – 22 July 2018


Money and medals
mapping the UK's numismatic collection

22 March 2018 – 30 September 2018


What is Europe
Views from Asia

23 August – 21 October 2018


2017

Special exhibitions

South Africa: the art of a nation

South Africa: the art of a nation

27 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

American Dream Exhibition

The American Dream: pop to the present

9 March – 18 June 2017

Hokusai Exhibition

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

25 May – 13 August 2017


Free exhibitions and displays

Maggi Hambling
Touch: works on paper

8 September 2016 – 22 January 2017


French portrait drawings
from Clouet to Courbet

8 September 2016 – 29 January 2017


Picasso post-war prints
lithographs and aquatints

27 January 2017 – 3 March 2017


Creating an ancestor
the Jericho Skull

15 December 2016 – 5 March 2017


Moving stories
three journeys

30 March 2017 – 30 April 2017


Iranian voices
recent acquisitions of works on paper

26 November 2016 – 21 May 2017


David Hockney
fourteen poems from CP Cavafy

17 March 2017 – 24 May 2017


Desire, love, identity
exploring LGBTQ histories

11 May 2017 – 15 October 2017


The Candle is lighted
Martin Luther's legacy in print

29 September 2017 – 23 November 2017


2016


Special exhibitions

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Celts: art and identity

24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016

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Egypt: faith after the pharaohs

29 October 2015 – 7 February 2016

Sicily Exhibition

Sicily: Culture and conquest

21 April – 14 August 2016

Sunken Cities

Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds

19 May – 27 November 2016


Free exhibitions and displays

Scanning Sobek: mummy of the crocodile god

10 December 2015 –21 February 2016

Life and sole: footwear from the Islamic world

14 November 2015 – 15 May 2016


Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain

3 December 2015 – 22 May 2016

Money matters

3 June – 9 October 2016


Courting to contract
love and marriage in Iran

21 May – 20 November 2016


Rock art
power and symbolism in southern Africa

15 September – 20 November 2016


Shadow puppet theatre
from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

8 September 2016 – 20 November 2016


2015

Special exhibitions

Ming: 50 years that changed China

18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015

Germany: memories of a nation

Germany: memories of a nation

16 October 2014 – 25 January 2015

Ancient lives, new discoveries

Ancient lives, new discoveries

22 May 2014 – 12 July 2015

Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

10 September – 6 December 2015


Free exhibitions and displays

Witches and wicked bodies

25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015


Pilgrims, healers and wizards

2 October 2014 – 11 January 2015


Triumph and disaster: medals of the Sun King

4 June – 15 November 2015


Manga now: three generations

3 September – 15 November 2015


Shifting patterns: 
Pacific barkcloth clothing

5 February– 6 December 2015

2014

Special exhibitions

Vikings: life and legend

Vikings: life and legend

6 March – 22 June 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


Free exhibitions and displays

Perfect timing: the Mostyn Tompion clock

21 November 2013 – 2 February 2014


From temple to home: celebrating Ganesha

27 February – 25 May 2014

Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation

6 February – 31 August 2014


Richard Hamilton’s Odyssey into Ulysses

13 June – 31 August 2014



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



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

Shakespeare: 
staging the world

19 July – 25 November 2012


Free exhibitions and displays

Modern Syrian art at the British Museum

4 July 2011 – 9 January 2012

Hokusai's Great Wave

3 November 2011 – 8 January 2012

The cost of living in Roman and modern Britain

11 August 2011 – 15 April 2012

Artists and the Hajj

26 January – 15 April 2012

Hercules Segers and his printed paintings

6 January – 16 May 2012

Money in Bamako and London

1 June – 1 July 2012

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite

3 May – 2 September 2012

Modern Chinese ink paintings

3 May – 2 September 2012

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals

8 February – 9 September 2012

Sui Jianguo’s discus thrower

1 June – 9 September 2012


2011

Special exhibitions

Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
 

3 November 2010 – 6 March 2011

Australian season

21 April – 16 October 2011

 



2010

Special exhibitions

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler

24 September 2009 – 24 January 2010



Free exhibitions and displays

Manga: Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure

5 November 2009 – 3 January 2010

Revolution on paper: 
Mexican prints 1910–1960

22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010

Swimming reindeer: 
an Ice Age masterpiece

11 February – 11 April 2010

The Staffordshire Hoard

3 November 2009 – 17 April 2010

Jewish living and giving

22 February – 26 June 2010

Akan drum: 
the drummer is calling me

12 August – 10 October 2010


2009

Special exhibitions

Babylon: Myth and Reality

13 November 2008 – 15 March 2009

Shah 'Abbas: The remaking of Iran

19 February – 14 June 2009

Indian Summer

May – September 2009


Free exhibitions and displays

The Sámi Magic Drum

27 November 2008 – 18 January 2009

British sculptors’ drawings:
Moore to Gormley

25 September 2008 – 25 January 2009

Designing change:
coins of Elizabeth II

18 September 2008 – 1 March 2009

Takhti: a modern Iranian hero

19 February – 19 April 2009

Gamelan: music of Java

21 May – 12 July 2009

Medals of Dishonour

25 June – 27 September 2009


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



Free exhibitions and displays

Divine Cat:
Speaking to the gods in ancient Egypt

8 November 2007 – 27 January 2008

American Scene:
Prints from Hopper to Pollock

10 April – 7 September 2008

Icons of Revolution:
Mao badges then and now

10 April – 14 September 2008

Conservation in focus

11 September – 26 October 2008


2007

Special exhibitions

The past from above: 
through the lens of Georg Gerster

16 November 2006 – 11 February 2007

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan

19 July – 21 October 2007


Free exhibitions and displays

Myths of Bengal

14 September 2006 – 7 January 2007

Power and Taboo: Sacred objects from the eastern Pacific

28 September 2006 – 7 January 2007

Italian Prints 1875 – 1975

1 February – 3 June 2007

Ikebana: Living Flowers of Japan

5 July – 19 August 2007

Korean Moon Jar

20 September – 21 October 2007


2006

Special exhibitions

Samuel Palmer: vision and landscape

21 October 2005 – 22 January 2006


Free exhibitions and displays

Forgotten Empire:
the world of Ancient Persia

9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006

Samurai to Manga:
Japan across the centuries

15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006

Rembrandt: 
Three Crosses

28 February 2006 – 23 April 2006

Michelangelo: 
money and medals

12 January – 25 June 2006

The Warren Cup

11 May – 2 July 2006

Durga: 
Creating an image of the goddess

12 August – 27 September 2006

The art of peace: 
Paintings by the poet Tagore

14 September – 12 November 2006


2005

Special exhibitions

Africa Garden

8 May – 4 September 2005


Free exhibitions and displays

Sudan: ancient treasures

9 September 2004 – 9 January 2005

Status symbols: identity and belief
on modern badges

22 July 2004 – 16 January 2005

Ferdinand Columbus:
Renaissance Collector

9 February – 5 June 2005

Kabuki Heroes
on the Osaka Stage 1780 – 1830

30 June – 11 September 2005


2004

Special exhibitions

Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

21 November 2003 – 14 March 2004


Free exhibitions and displays

Public image: Portraits on coins and medals

22 January – 18 July 2004


2003

Special exhibitions



2002

Free exhibitions and displays


1972

Special exhibitions

Treasures of Tutankhamun

30 March – 30 December 1972



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