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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

British Museum celebrates 255th birthday

15th January 2014

Since opening its doors on January 15th 1759, the British Museum has gone on to become one of the most iconic and highly regarded exhibition centres in the world, and as the famous venue celebrates its 255th birthday, now is the perfect time to pay it a visit.

If you aren't convinced about the museum's credentials or appeal, then perhaps the 6.7 million guests who set foot inside it last year can help to reassure you about just how amazing this celebrated establishment is.

Home to more than eight million artefacts gathered from across the world and dating from prehistoric times all the way up to the present day, the British Museum really is unmatched by any other exhibition centre in the world in terms of the depth of its collection, so you can be sure that there really is something for everyone here.

Upcoming displays include an incredible exhibition entitled Vikings: Life and Legend, which provides an insight into the way that the Viking empire expanded from Scandinavia to cover four continents, and will run from March 6th to June 22nd.

Featuring weapons, jewellery, amulets and even the surviving timbers of the largest Viking warship ever found, the exhibit is bound to be of interest to anyone with an interest in this incredible period of human history.

For those who can't wait until March, however, the current exhibition, Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia, may well be right up your street.

This amazing collection exposes the legends behind the myth of El Dorado, featuring pre-Columbian gold artefacts of the sort that left the first conquistadores to arrive in the Americas captivated.

Organised in collaboration with the world-famous Museo del Oro in Bogota, the display has received rave reviews since opening and is the perfect example of just why the British Museum is held in such high regard.


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