Statue of the dying Achilles complete with arrow passing through his heel

Past exhibition

21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020

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The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years.

The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.

But what of the heroes and heartbroken, women and wanderers, who are said to have played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare to Hollywood? In this exhibition, you could get closer to these captivating characters as you explored the breathtaking art that brought them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.

You could also examine the fascinating archaeological evidence that proves there was a real Troy, offering tantalising hints at the truth behind the mythical stories.

From Helen of Troy's abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, visitors were able to tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal exhibition.

Troy: myth and reality trailer

Trailer for Troy: myth and reality

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BP is proud to support the British Museum exhibition Troy: myth and reality, an exciting exhibition that tells the story of the ancient city of Troy.

BP's support for UK arts and culture spans a period of over 50 years. The company's partnership with the British Museum began in 1996, enabling a diverse range of initiatives including the development of the BP Lecture Theatre. Today support for the Museum is focused on its special exhibitions programme.

BP's long-term partnerships with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Opera House represent one of the most significant corporate investments in UK arts and culture.