Event: Beyond El Dorado Exhibition
Location: British Museum, WC1
The myth of El Dorado spurred on generations of Spanish Conquistadors and other explorers to hunt for the Lost City of Gold across South America.
The British Museum’s autumn exhibition Beyond El Dorado examines the myth and explores the culture of Colombia before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century.
There are more than 200 objects borrowed from the Museo del Oro in Bogota, and 100 from the British Museum’s own collection in the exhibition. They include masks made for mummies and jewellery showing humans transformed into animal spirits, some dating back 2,000 years.
The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. It holds over seven million objects, including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Sculptures (Elgin Marbles), finds from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo and a collection of Egyptian mummies.
Beyond El Dorado is on at the British Museum in Bloomsbury from 17 Oct 2013 to 23 Mar 2014, open daily 10am to 5pm, Fridays until 8.30pm, closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan. (NB. Last entry is 70 minutes before closing). Tickets can be booked in advance online and 100 tickets for that day will go on sale each day in the museum’s Great Court.