Saturday, April 25, 2009

Exhibition: The World Cultures

After an 8,000 km journey by airplane, tractor trailer and ferry, more than 300 artifacts from the British Museum have arrived at the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) in preparation for the opening of Treasures: The World's Cultures from the British Museum.

The exhibition, which runs May 1 - Sept. 30, chronicles the development of human civilization through art and artifacts, spanning more than 1.5 million years of world history.

"You can feel excitement brewing throughout the community as we get set to open Treasures: The World's Cultures from the British Museum," says RBCM CEO Pauline Rafferty. "Our talented staff here at the Royal BC Museum are putting the finishing touches in the Treasures gallery, training docents and line managers and gearing up for what we suspect will be a very busy summer."

Today, a team of conservators from the British Museum set into place the lid of an ancient Egyptian inner coffin. From Akhmim, Egypt and dated 305 - 30 BC, the wooden coffin is adorned with gold leaf and is a classic example of a human-shaped mummy-case made for a man of high-status.

The 930 square-metre (10,000 square-foot) exhibition is arranged by geography and chronology into seven sections - Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Americas and the Modern World.

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