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Curator Irving Finkel will take on Tom Scott in the Game of Ur, the oldest playable board game in the world. Watch our trailer for International Tabletop Day!
Marion Worsley
Graeme Davis
Maureen Pangan
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British Museum
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This is a ceremonial Mixtec shield, beautifully inlaid with turquoise and shells. In the centre is a sun disc emitting four rays, highlighted using red shells. In each quarter is a figure with raised arms called a skybearer – gods whose role was to support the sky. The shield also has a vertical design in the form of a serpent emerging from toothed jaws, and coiled around a tree. Although some...
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This is a ceremonial Mixtec shield beautifully inlaid with turquoise and shells
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Clive Hunter
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04/21/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
‘I sat a long time by the window, looking out over the silent grounds and silvered fields, and waiting for I know not what’ – Jane Eyre

Author Charlotte Brontë was born #onthisday in 1816. Published in 1847 under the pen name ‘Currer Bell’, the novel is Brontë’s best-known work. This image shows Jane at a window in Lowood School – one of the many parts of the book that have parallels with...
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I sat a long time by the window looking out over the
Nicola Teasdale
Jeanne Rife
Stacy Jarett Levitan
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British Museum
04/21/2017 at 11:13. Facebook
Legend has it that Romulus founded Rome #onthisday in 753 BC. Romans celebrated the founding of their city on 21 April every year in a festival called Parilia. This coin shows part of the legend – Romulus and his twin brother Remus suckling a wolf. [ Ow.ly Link ]
Legend has it that Romulus founded Rome onthisday in 753 BC Romans
John Hendriks
Lucero Badillo
Alberto Simei
British Museum
British Museum
04/20/2017 at 15:40. Facebook
A hoard of gold sovereigns was found hidden inside a piano after nearly 100 years – discover the detective work that went into tracing its origins, and what will happen to the Treasure!
A hoard of gold sovereigns was found hidden inside a piano after

A hoard of note: gold coins, a piano and a family mystery

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Sarah Leonard
Violetta Kiikka
Holly Moore
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British Museum
04/20/2017 at 11:32. Facebook
What do we do when Treasure is discovered? Find out what happened when over 900 gold coins were found hidden in an old piano!
Bonnie Robertson
Heather Garside
Hannah Hill
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British Museum
04/19/2017 at 16:32. Facebook
Curator Catherine Daunt introduces our #AmericanDream exhibition and picks some of her favourite works in the show [ Ow.ly Link ]
Joanne Dry
Maria Papadopoulou
Amanda Tyson
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British Museum
04/19/2017 at 14:34. Facebook
Canaletto died #onthisday in 1768. Known for his superbly detailed cityscapes, he recorded Venice’s teeming canals and bustling squares. This view was drawn in the 1760s and shows the Venetian Doge departing for the sea on his elaborate barge (called the Bucintoro). It was used in a ceremony called ‘the Marriage of the Sea’ where the Doge dropped a gold ring into the water, as a symbol of...
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Canaletto died onthisday in 1768 Known for his superbly detailed cityscapes he
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Hortensia Del Camino
Margo Ledbetter
British Museum
British Museum
04/18/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
In collaboration with Oculus, we’re excited to announce a new Virtual Reality tour of the British Museum! Today we're sharing this video and an interactive demo to give you a preview. The full VR experience will launch next month, starting with galleries of ancient sculpture and Egyptian mummies – putting the Museum at your fingertips from anywhere in the world!

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Jennifer Stephen
Huma Mahmood
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04/18/2017 at 16:14. Facebook
The Natural History Museum opened in South Kensington #onthisday in 1881 – but did you know it used to be part of the British Museum? By the 1850s the natural history collection had become too large for the site in Bloomsbury, and a new museum was called for. It took 394 trips by horse and cart to transport all the zoological specimens across the city! ????????
The Natural History Museum opened in South Kensington onthisday in 1881 but

The day the mastodons left

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Mieko Sagisaka
Lu Parra
Walker Black Johnny
British Museum
British Museum
04/17/2017 at 10:00. Facebook
Read more about the story of Idrimi, a 3,500-year-old refugee from Aleppo who became a king. High precision 3D scanning is revealing more about this autobiographical statue.
Read more about the story of Idrimi a 3500yearold refugee from Aleppo

Idrimi, the 3,500-year-old refugee

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Joan Wilson
Stephen Anthony Guerriero
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British Museum
04/16/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
Did you know that the person who brought milk chocolate to England was Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum? Born #onthisday in 1660, Sloane donated his collection of historical, archaeological and natural history objects to the nation when he died. Many of these original objects are still on display in our Enlightenment Gallery.
Carlos Arribas
Cynthia Schell
Violetta Kiikka
British Museum
British Museum
04/16/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
A symbol of birth and renewal of life, these traditional hand-decorated Easter eggs are from Romania. They were made in the late 20th century using a wax-resist technique to build up the layers of dye that make the marvellous patterns. Are you celebrating today? What are your Easter traditions?
A symbol of birth and renewal of life these traditional handdecorated Easter
Jasmina Jandrić Kočić
Ester Del Olmo
Maryna Drobot
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British Museum
04/16/2017 at 10:45. Facebook
Has the Easter bunny brought you anything nice? Here are some of our all-time favourite bunnies from Beatrix Potter’s 1909 book 'The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies' [ Ow.ly Link ]

From chocolate treats to cultural gifts, browse our Easter shop range inspired by Beatrix Potter: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Has the Easter bunny brought you anything nice Here are some of
Jean Margaret Kirk
LeJean Henson Brown Steele
Gwendolyn Huff
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British Museum
04/16/2017 at 08:48. Facebook
Happy #Easter! One of the most important Christian holidays, Easter commemorates the Resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday. This dynamic drawing by Rubens from 1614 shows Jesus rising from the tomb holding a palm in his hand, with Roman soldiers fleeing in the foreground.
Happy Easter One of the most important Christian holidays Easter commemorates the
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María Elena Farías
Lis Bishop
Leonardo da Vinci was born #onthisday in 1452. This elaborate silverpoint drawing shows his masterful rendering of detail. Silverpoint is a technique that requires immense control and discipline – a small silver stylus is used to draw on a primed piece of paper and mistakes are hard to correct. It required the young Leonardo to have immense patience – the fine shadows on the man’s face are...
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Leonardo da Vinci was born onthisday in 1452 This elaborate silverpoint drawing
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Alex Syed
Marina Giann
Carved ostrich egg from Isis Tomb, Vulci (Etruria), BM1850, 0227.6. Photo by T. Hodos, by permission of Trustees of the British Museum
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Patrick Mizelle
Susan Mae Myers
Anthony Mcilwee
The festival of #Vaisakhi is being celebrated by Sikhs today! This is the Sikh new year and commemorates the creation of the Khalsa brotherhood of initiated Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. This print from the 1890s shows the Guru creating the Khalsa.
The festival of Vaisakhi is being celebrated by Sikhs today This is
Jonathan Edis
Michael Curran
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Good Friday commemorates Christ's crucifixion. Less than 10cm wide, this incredible portable altarpiece was made in 1511 in the Netherlands. This is the central scene in a triptych that folds out to tell the Easter story in extraordinary detail. The high relief and vaulted interior of this wooden carving allow for some inventive workmanship – at the front of the scene a horseman holds a...
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Good Friday commemorates Christs crucifixion Less than 10cm wide this incredible portable
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Enid Samut Ossude
Annie Duncan
Did you catch a glimpse of the #AmericanDream in Times Square, New York City? Thanks to Morgan Stanley for showcasing our exhibition in the Big Apple.
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Anthony Goulden
Rachel Kennedy