British Museum

British Museum shows life and death in Herculaneum

Two reliefs from a house in Herculaneum. Photo: Martin Godwin

Both come from a seaside mansion in Herculaneum, the town overwhelmed by a torrent of mud from Vesuvius after Pompeii had already choked to death. They will be seen in an eagerly awaited archaeological exhibition on life and death in the Roman towns when it opens at the museum later this month.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 3:24am

Fantastic Creatures from the British Museum

Exhibition of 170 artefacts on loan from the British Museum (such as a terracotta antefix [tile end] of The fearful Gorgon Medusa, left) that looks at how animals and creatures might address many fascinating questions and ideas. Mon-Wed, Fri, Sun (including public holidays), 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-8pm, closed Thu, HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$20 (HK$10 on Wed).

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am



A Shakespeare festival is scheduled to take place in the British capital next year to coincide with the Olympics, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Council announced last week. More than a million tickets are expected to sell for dozens of Shakespeare-related events, including exhibitions, television documentaries, and four plays.


18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The Ancient Olympic Games

More than 110 artefacts from the British Museum illustrate the legends and history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games; featuring Discobolus (right), a Roman marble statue of a discus thrower made in the 2nd century. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun and public holidays until 7pm, closed Tue, HK Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, HK$20, HK$10 on Wed. Inquiries: 2180 8188. Ends Nov 24

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

British museum's treasures from the past on display in HK

Historians and sculpture and artefact lovers are in for a treat, with treasures on loan from the British Museum being put on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures is one of the most exciting exhibitions ever staged in Hong Kong.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Treasures of the World's Cultures from the British Museum

Features about 270 ancient artefacts of sculpture, painting, jewellery, porcelain and stone, including 12th century walrus-ivory chess pieces found in Scotland (above). Daily, 10am-6pm (Sat until 8pm), closed Thu, HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$30, HK$15 (concessions). Inquiries: 2721 0116. Ends Dec 2

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Unlucky Mummy among British Museum artefacts set to cast their spell on the public

The Unlucky Mummy, among other rare artefacts from the British Museum, has arrived at the Hong Kong Museum of Art amid tight security.

About 270 items covering 2 million years will feature at the 'Treasures of the World's Cultures from the British Museum' exhibition, which begins on September 14 and will run until December 2.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Finders keepers

FROM ANCIENT EGYPTIAN mummy caskets to a Bronze Age shield forged in the British Isles, artefacts from the British Museum on display in Beijing promise a rare glimpse of the world's greatest cultures under one roof. But one great culture is notable by its absence: the Chinese.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Super donor shares his family's rich legacy with nation

Clinging to his mother, a young Chiu Tai-loy saw Red Guards storm their Guangdong home, smashing and then burning antique porcelain vases, calligraphy and paintings. He also watched helplessly as people spat on his father and poked his back with burning incense sticks. It was 1966 and the Cultural Revolution had started.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


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11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

From the arthouse

The Genuine And The Good: Films by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In Farsi Persian; Chinese and English subtitles. LPY. $50 Urbtix.

And Life Goes On - a hymn to human resilience and hope, as earthquake survivors get on with life. July 7, 6.30pm; July 10, 7.30pm.

The Wind Will Carry Us - strangers in a village arouse suspicion. July 8, 2.30pm.

7 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Museum purists leave no inferior stone unturned

A major part of London's British Museum may have to be demolished because builders used inferior French stone instead of superior masonry from English quarries.

The body which overseas the care of the country's ancient buildings, English Heritage, has demanded an inquiry into how the work was allowed to proceed using substandard limestone.

30 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Exhibition a top attraction

A record number of more than 240,000 visitors has seen the 'Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum' exhibition currently being staged at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

The last record of 226,000 visitors was set by the 'National Treasures-Gems of China's Cultural Relics' exhibition held at the museum from December 1997 to March last year.

12 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Join voyage of discovery through ancient Egypt

Any visitor to Egypt will be impressed by its civilisation dating back 5,000 years. The country, with its spectacular array of pyramids and ancient artefacts, is an archaeologists' dream.

The Provisional Urban Council has organised an exhibition on Egyptian culture and antiquities at the Hong Kong Museum of Art until January 17.

10 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Antiquities feature at Art Asia

JEROME Eisenberg has the demeanour and boundless energy of a carnival barker that belies his 65 years. It serves him well.

Perhaps the most prominent dealer in the world of Egyptian antiquities, Mr Eisenberg also spots forgeries in museum collections, edits a magazine specialising in ancient art, is writing an enyclopedia of Egyptian antiquities, while lecturing widely.

19 Nov 1995 - 12:00am