Treasures: World Cultures from the British Museum

Photos: The Trustees of the British Museum

Today, we did the Treasures Exhibition at the Royal BC Museum. It was billed as an event that should inspire wonder and curiosity. It was that and more! The 300 plus amazing artifacts were organized in seven geographic sections - Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Americas and the Modern World. The exhibit starts with an African hand axe that is more than 1.5 million years old! There was a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy, a large metal shield from the Bronze Age, artwork from Picasso, Rembrandt and others, a replica of the security towers built along the great wall of China, a gold astrolabe, and so much more. The exhibit shows how the world has come together and apart throughout the centuries. Each exhibit is explained in detail. In the middle of the exhibit is an area called the Enlightenment Gallery where you can get hands on with many items and computers. It is excellent for explorers of all ages. The museum did an fantastic job of creating this exhibit. Like others it has presented, it is world-class. Be sure you don't miss the North American premiere of this very special event!

The companion show in the Imax Theatre, Journey to Mecca is a story about Ibn Battuta, who in 1325 began an epic journey to Mecca, the historical centre of Islam. It is an incredible story of an incredible man, who travelled the world. There is an area of the Moon named after Battuta. It is very well done and quite a cultural eye-opener. Check it out.

If you want more information about the Museum and Imax, read our Travel Magazine Article.


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