British Museum goes gold

Date Posted: 03/08/2013

The British Museum will showcase a collection of pre-Hispanic gold in a brand new exhibition this autumn; Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia will run from 17th October until 23rd March.

Organised with Museo Del Oro, Bogotá, the exhibition will hold over 250 items from the Americas, displaying objects varying from a solid gold helmet to animal-shaped pendants and charms.

Students will have the opportunity to learn of the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, as well as see first-hand a range of items made from gold and other precious materials, providing insight into the values, myths and legends of civilisation at the time.

School visit booking information

Teachers can benefit from free admission to all paid exhibitions when booking for a school group.

You can also book private tours of the exhibition, and there will be audio guides and full catalogues listing the exhibited items and their details available to visitors.

For further school trip information contact:
020-7323 8181

Pictured: Anthropomorphic pectoral, Colombia, Tairona, AD 900–1600, part of the Beyond El Dorado collection. (Photo credit: Museo del Oro – Banco de la República, Colombia).

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