The British Museum, a repository for the cultural treasures of humankind, houses a vast collection of art and artefacts from almost every world region and historical period. “A History of the World in 100 Objects” tells a story of human creativity covering 2,000,000 years from prehistory to modern times through 100 items from the British Museum’s 7 million-strong collection.
The carefully selected artefacts range from seemingly ordinary everyday articles to famous works of art featured in school textbooks. The 100 objects tell us deeply human stories about the people who used them—how they lived, what they believed, and the changes affecting their society. Viewers are apt to encounter objects from regions and cultures unknown to them, and they may also be surprised by the discoveries they make concerning objects from cultures close to their own.
Visitors will be transported across time and space to all corners of the world.
The British Museum Exhibiton: A History of the World in 100 Objects
Dates: Saturday 18 April - Sunday 28 June 2015
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (8-36 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007)
Opening hours: 9:30-17:30 (Fridays 9:30-20:00)
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed: Mondays, Thursday 7 May (open Monday 4 May)
Enquiries: 03-5405-8686 (English enquiries 9:00-18:00)
Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The British Museum, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, British Council
Sponsored by: Kao Corporation, Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd
In Cooperation with: JAPAN AIRLINES, Cathay Pacific Airways, IDEAL BRAIN Co., Ltd