Organised with Museo del Oro

17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014

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Organised with Museo del Oro, Bogotá, this exhibition explores the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish.

Ticket information

Adults £10, Members free

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Beyond the myths of El Dorado

For centuries Europeans were dazzled by the legend of El Dorado – literally ‘the golden one’. Many stories were told of El Dorado – from a lost city of gold to a man covered in powdered gold. The exhibition uncovers the fascinating truth behind some of these myths.

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Discover ancient Colombia

Explore ancient Colombia with a range of special events at the British Museum. Discover the legend of El Dorado with a programme of lectures, films, workshops and family activities.

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Open daily 10.00–17.30,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 mins before closing

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Getting here

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Visits and resources

Free visits for school groups, plus pre- and post-visit ideas using key objects as starting points to introduce wider concepts.

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Exhibition product range

Browse a selection of products inspired by the exhibition.

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Restaurant/ticket packages

Combine your exhibition visit with a 2 or 3-course lunch (or dinner on Fridays) or a delicious afternoon tea in the newly-refurbished Great Court Restaurant.

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Partner museum

Museo del Oro

This exhibition has been planned in partnership between Museo del Oro and the British Museum. Owned by the Banco de la República, the Museo del Oro, Bogotá, houses the largest collection of Latin American gold work in the world.

Loan objects

Objects on loan

A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).

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Win a Kindle Fire

Holiday specialist, Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel, is offering you the chance to win a Kindle Fire loaded with classic Colombian literature and travel guides.

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Images © Museo del Oro – Banco de la República, Colombia.