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Tuesday 14 November the museum will be closing at 4pm to prepare for our Diwali celebrations that evening.
Celebrate the start of the New Year with our special dragon themed displays.
As part of the Oriental Museum's ongoing commitment to updating and developing our permanent displays, we are creating new displays focused on our world class collections of Chinese ceramics. State of the art new display cases have now been installed in the MacDonald gallery.
Before we create the new permanent displays of Chinese ceramics we are celebrating the start of the Year of the Dragon with a special display until 3rd March 2024.
Views on the proper care, use and display of human remains have varied widely over time and across the cultures of the world. Several of the cultures represented in this museum have used skeletal remains in the creation of important cultural artefacts and visitors should be aware that examples of these are exhibited in the Tibetan and Ancient Egyptian displays. Our staff treat all human remains with dignity, care and respect.
More information on our policy for Human Remains is available here.
BCE and CE
These abbreviations are used throughout the museum for dating. BCE stands for ‘Before Common Era’ and CE stands for ‘Common Era’. The numbering of these years is identical to that used in the BC/AD system. The cultures represented in this museum have used a variety of different dating systems; using BCE/CE allows us to provide a common dating scheme for all the objects on display.