A five-hour wait in Shanghai to see two million years of human history

Exhibition, curated from the British Museum’s vast collections, is free of charge and quickly reaches capacity every day

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 July, 2017, 6:36pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 July, 2017, 6:36pm

People in Shanghai have been queuing for four of five hours a day to view a travelling exhibition that recounts two million years of human history through 100 objects.

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The exhibition, which opened at the Shanghai Museum on Thursday, feature antiques curated from the British Museum’s collection of more than eight million objects.

A History of the World in 100 objects is open to the public free of charge and will last until October.

Due to the overwhelming public response, the Shanghai Museum has had to cap the daily number of visitors to 8,000. Over the past few days, the museum has issued public notices at noon that the daily quota had been filled.

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The Shanghai Museum also reported that merchandise such as biscuits and stuffed toys has also sold out since the exhibition opened to the public.

Before coming to China’s largest city, the exhibition was shown at the National Museum of China in Beijing for more than three months earlier this year, with tickets selling for 50 yuan (US$7.40) per person.