Members' private view
Members' early morning viewing of the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria

Saturday 23 February 2019,
Room 30
Free, booking essential

To book, call 020 7323 8195

Supported by BP

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Members can book to visit the exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria before normal opening hours.

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668–c. 631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

This major exhibition tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans. Step into Ashurbanipal’s world through displays that evoke the splendour of his palace, with its spectacular sculptures, sumptuous furnishings and exotic gardens. Marvel at the workings of Ashurbanipal’s great library, the first in the world to be created with the ambition of housing all knowledge under one roof. Come face to face with one of history’s greatest forgotten kings.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition at their leisure.

Why not bring a friend? To add a guest facility to your membership, contact the Membership team on 020 7323 8195.

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Relief of Ashurbanipal hunting on horseback. Nineveh, Iraq. Assyrian, 645–635 BC.