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Living with gods – direction - British Museum 2018-03-17 09:00

Living with gods – direction: Hundreds of years before satellites, qibla indicators were used by Muslims to find the direction of prayer towards Mecca. Here Neil MacGregor looks at an out-of-this-world example of finding your direction in the 21st century.

Explore human belief across time a...

Ancient demons | Curator's corner - British Museum 2018-03-16 16:00

Ancient demons | Curator's corner: In ancient Mesopotamia, each person was put under the protection of a particular god when they were born. Here Curator Irving Finkel describes what might happen if your god abandoned you, which demons you had to watch out for, and how to protect yoursel...

British Museum Photo 2018-03-15 07:00

Beware the Ides of March! 🗡️🗡️ Julius Caesar was assassinated #onthisday in 44 BC.

After the assassination, Caesar’s betrayer Brutus issued his own coins – an effective means of mass communication before the invention of printing. Coins like this one showed Brutus’s portrait on one side,...

Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt

Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt: Using the latest laser technology, a team of Museum scientists and conservators is uncovering the original 6th-century designs of this wall painting from Byzantine Egypt.

Meet our incredible scientists & conservators and find ...

The Great Shrine of Amaravati - British Museum 2018-03-11 08:00

The Great Shrine of Amaravati: Take a virtual tour of the Great Shrine of Amaravati in south-east India, once one of the most important Buddhist monuments in the world.

Founded around 200 BC, the site flourished for over a thousand years, and the domed structure may have contained a re...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2018-03-10 08:00

Rodin is known to have loved ancient sculpture – he had a personal collection of over 6,000 objects. He was particularly captivated by the Parthenon sculptures, which he saw numerous times at the British Museum in the late 19th century.

Pheidias was the ancient Greek artist likely responsi...

British Museum Photo 2018-03-09 12:11

Here’s a sunny scene – the perfect antidote to today’s typically British weather! ☁️

This painting by Greek artist Niko Ghika is called ‘The Black Sun’, and is on display in our new free exhibition, now open in Room 5 ☀️

The show explores the culture, people and landscapes of mid-...

Rock art in the Sahara - British Museum 2018-03-07 15:00

Rock art in the Sahara: The Sahara Desert hasn’t always been dry – between around 11,000 and 5,000 years ago, it was a lush green environment where elephants, giraffes, crocodiles and humans all lived side by side. This video looks at some of the incredible rock art made in this period,...

Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures

Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures: We’re excited to announce our first major music festival! This April, we’re bringing together diverse musical traditions in the extraordinary setting of the Museum’s galleries. You’ll be able to experience works by composers that pushed European ...

British Museum Photo 2018-03-06 07:00

Renaissance master Michelangelo was born #onthisday in 1475. This sophisticated chalk drawing from the mid-1520s may have been a gift for one of his close friends – the artist created profile studies like this as works of art in their own right. Michelangelo may have been inspired by the work of L...

5,000-year-old tattoos | Curator's corner

5,000-year-old tattoos | Curator's corner: New research by British Museum scientists has discovered the earliest-known tattooed woman, and the oldest figurative tattoos in the world! By using infrared imaging, we were able to see tattoos on the skin of individuals naturally mummified i...
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“Curare” is the general term for a toxic substance made from the roots, bark, stems, and leaves of any of several tropical trees, vines, and plants (Chondrodendron tomentosum, pictured). Because the poison causes temporary paralysis, in the early 1900s doctors used curare to aid in surgery. What the surgeons didn’t realize then was that while curare made it impossible for patients to move, it did not eliminate pain or put patients to sleep. These patients silently had to endure every cut of the knife! Photo: Wellcome Images

"Being: New Photography 2018" Opens March 18

"Being: New Photography 2018" Opens March 18: How can photography capture what it means to be human? Our biennial New Photography exhibition opens this Sunday, presenting urgent and compelling ideas that investigate this question through photography and photo-based art. At a time when representation is being debated around the world, these works call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived, while challenging the conventions of portraiture. "Being: #NewPhotography2018" is on view through August 19.

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To our followers in Spain-“Esther Ferrer. Intertwined Spaces” is now on view at Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. One of Spain’s leading pioneers of action art, Ferrer considers performance to be the “art that involves time and space with the presence of the audience—an audience that is made of participants rather than viewers.” Most of the works in this exhibition have never been shown before, and will be activated in special ways through performances and interactions with visitors. Learn more: … Photos: Erika Barahona