British Museum

British Museum


A museum of the world, for the world. #MunchExhibition, #MangaExhibition & #TroyExhibition: https://t.co/66FjDmSUyW House rules: https://t.co/Cuh8WM0b4U

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In our latest blog, find out what goes in to the mysterious ‘black goo’ found in 3,000-year old Egyptian burials and why it was used – scientist Kate Fulcher investigates:

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🏛📽❗ Now streaming – come face to face with Viking warriors*, seafarers and conquerors in a live tour of our 2014 exhibition! Join on Facebook: Watch on YouTube: *Curators dressed as Viking warriors

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Made in Iran in the 19th century, this wrestler’s armband (bazuband) is set with 15 amulets. Each is inscribed with verses from the Qur'an, including ‘help from God and a speedy victory’💪

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Find highlight objects and science and conservation stories from the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world here:

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☀ The sun is shining in London today, like in this scene of Prudhoe Castle in North East England by J M W Turner ☀ What’s the weather like near you?

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😌🌳🏞 We’re transported to the calm of the countryside by this watercolour drawn by Baroque artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens, who died #onthisday  in 1640

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If you want to take a virtual trip outdoors, have a wander around 13 landscapes in the collection here: 

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In 2005, #Banksy  installed this ‘cave painting’ in one of our galleries without permission, and without anyone noticing. He gave it a fake ID number and label, and it remained on the wall for 3 days before the Museum was alerted to the prank via Banksy’s website!?‍♀️ #IObject 

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We’re excited to announce our next major show, opening in 2019! #MangaExhibition  will explore the phenomenon of manga, and will be the largest exhibition of the art form ever to take place outside of Japan.

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Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai died #onthisday  in 1849. He lived into his 90th year, and believed that the older he got the greater his art would become. These scenes are from his famous series ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji’

We’ve made an exciting new acquisition! To celebrate Egyptian footballing star being top scorer in the Premier League this season, we’ll be displaying his boots alongside objects from ancient Egypt in the run up to the Champions League final ⚽️?

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?? Beatrix Potter was born #onthisday  in 1866. She made these charming illustrations for her 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’. Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character?

Today we’re excited to launch a major revamp of our Collection online! 🏛📲 We’ve been working extra hard to bring you this update early so you can #MuseumFromHome  even better than before. Access the collection digitally wherever you are:

🐧 In 1860, English art critic John Ruskin wrote ‘One can’t be angry when one looks at a Penguin’. #WorldPenguinDay 

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