History and art enthusiasts, brace yourself, because this spring is going to be lively. Maybe many of you already went to the National Museum of China to see the Invention of Louvre, which presented 126 treasures all the way from the Louvre in Paris. If you haven’t yet, you’ve got until March 3. The next big event is a massive haul courtesy of the British Museum coming to Beijing, the bounty of which will make up A History of The World in 100 Objects, from March 2 to May 31.
The exhibition consists of eight parts: making us human to after the Ice Age (2,000,000-2,500BC); the first cities and states (3,000-700BC); powers and philosophy (700BC-100AD); world faiths and rituals (1-800AD); traders and raiders (300-1,100AD); changes (900-1,550AD); exploration and exploitation (1,500-1,800AD); and the world of our making (1800AD-present).
Highlights among the treasures are a Clovis spear point (13,000-14,000 years old), the flood tablet (from 700-600BC), a shabti of Taharqo (644BC), a Roman silver pepper pot from Hoxne (350-400AD), and a Hebrew astrolabe (1345-1355AD). In fact, those cheeky curators have even added a 101st treasure for you to scout out, for something of an Easter egg hunt.
Entry to the regular exhibitions at the National Museum of China is free (though you’ll need your passport), and you can book online in advance here (in English) to avoid crowds. This particular exhibition is an additional RMB 50. And if you make it to the museum on March 2 or 3, you can enjoy both exhibitions at once.
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