18 September 2014 Start
5 January 2015 End
Open daily 10.00–17.30 (last entry 16.10) Open late* on Fridays until 20.30 (last entry 19.10) Time
UK Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG


Ming: 50 years that changed China

18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015

Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made.

The exhibition will feature a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China.