100 British Museum Treasures Are Now in Hong Kong

Why We Recommend it

Following BBC’s smash radio/podcast program A History of the World in 100 Objects, the British Museum is lending Hong Kong the featured rare treasures that traces human power, belief, art, trading and technology from 2 million years ago to the present.


The exhibition originated from a popular radio programme of the BBC, and subsequently a hit book with the same name, with the British Museum, telling the story of human civilisation using 100 objects selected from the encyclopedic collections of the British Museum. Unlike traditional narratives that focus on selected periods or cultural zones, this exhibition reviews the common stories of human development in a new perspective. Through this broadened vision, visitors may gain new inspiration about the world we live.

Exhibits are selected from various geographical areas, showing man-made objects, not only exquisite art pieces, but a larger proportion being daily utensils and implements, currency, scientific instruments and ritual items that have been used. Highlights include the first human stone tool from Africa, the evidence of first city from Iraq’s The Standard of Ur, Fifty Manillas involved in the slave trade, Ship’s Chronometer from HMS Beagle of Darwin’s world voyage, Japanese artist Hokusai’s famous woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa from the series “36 Views of Mt Fuji”, and the issue of LGBT rights conveyed in the work of David Hockney, a famous contemporary artist. Each object tells a story that invites you to travel in time and to a curious corner of the world.

The exhibition is companioned by a series of free public events in Cantonese, including several lectures, two education zones for children, “Bedtime Stories” Children’s Programme, creative thinking workshops, an African dance summer workshop, interactive game sessions and etc. throughout summer to fall. Please click here for more details.

A valid admission ticket / Museum Pass is required for admission to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum exhibition. Tickets can be purchased at the museum.


When: 18 May 2019 - 9 Sep 2019 Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum – 1 Man Lam Road – Sha Tin