The BP exhibition


myth and reality

21 November 2019 –
8 March 2020


Supported by BPBP logo



myth and reality

21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020


Supported by BP

BP logo

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 the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have a played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Get closer to these captivating characters as you explore the breath-taking art that brings them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.

You can also examine the fascinating archaeological evidence that proves there was a real Troy – and offers 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, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.


See the exhibition free
as a Member


Adults £18*
under 16s free



Opening times

21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
Full opening times 

Getting here

Room 30, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London,

Group visits

Special group rates available
Bookings +44 (0)20 7323 8181


Lead image: Filippo Albacini (1777–1858), The Wounded Achilles. Marble, 1825. © The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

* Prices may vary. Prices listed are early bird ticket offer prices. Ticket prices will increase from 31 July. Book now to save at least 10%.