View: Babylon: Myth and Reality

A private view, with curator’s introductory talk, of this fascinating exhibition at the British Museum. For 2,000 years the myth of Babylon has haunted the European imagination: the Tower of Babel, the Hanging Gardens and Belshazzar’s Feast have inspired artists, writers and film makers. Over the past 200 years, archaeologists have pieced together the ‘real’ Babylon – an imperial capital and a great centre of science, art and commerce. Since 2003, attention has turned to new threats to the archaeology of Mesopotamia – modern-day Iraq.

Showcasing items from international collections, the exhibition explores the continuing dialogue between the Babylon of our imagination and the historical evidence for one of the great cities of antiquity at the moment of its climax and eclipse.

Booking information: tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, please call: 0870 050 3688

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Entry details


8.45 am or 9.15 am

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