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British Museum announces 19th century China exhibition

A major new exhibition at the British Museum showcases the resilience and creativity of 19th-century China. The Citi exhibition China’s hidden century will illuminate a pivotal period in China’s history – one that forms a crucial bridge to the modern nation the country is today.

This is the first exhibition to focus on individual groups of people in 19th-century China. Visitors will experience the visual richness of this era through the material culture of multiple sections of society – the court, the military, artists and writers, farmers and city-dwellers, globalised communities of merchants, scientists and diplomats, reformers and revolutionaries. The show consists of 300 objects, half from the British Museum, half borrowed from 30 different British and international lenders, with most being publicly displayed for the first time.

The Citi exhibition China’s hidden century runs from 18 May 2023 to 8 October 2023 in the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum.
Open Saturday – Thursday 10.00–17.00, Friday 10.00–20.30. Last entry 90 mins before closing.
Tickets from £16, under 16s free, 2-for-1 tickets for students on Fridays, and concessions and group rates available.

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