The enlightenment gallery at the british museum in london (founded in 1753), represents an eighteenth-century cabinet of curiosity it is home to a large collection of curious objects, thanks to the museum's founder, sir hans sloane (an irish physician, natural philosopher and collector), whose bust stands proudly just inside one of the entrances of the gallery. It is now known as the enlightenment gallery and houses a permanent exhibition about the age of enlightenment find this pin and more on british museum galleries by andrew shore. 0 timeline 1824 founding of national gallery 1829 completion of king's library 1835/6 select committee hearings on the british museum 1837 start of redisplay of collections in new british museum building.
Of europe's outstanding museums, the british museum, in london, in 1759 and the louvre, in paris, in 1793 the british museum was formed as the result of the government's acceptance of responsibility to preserve and maintain three collections not only for the inspection and entertainment. To find the enlightenment gallery walk through the entrance of the bm, straight through into the great court head to the right hand side of the central hub (which houses the british museum library) and into room number 1. Get an exclusive after-hours tour of the enlightenment gallery with curator janet larkin from dinosaur fossils to the solar system, discover how europeans tried to classify the world in the 18th.
The enlightenment gallery is divided into seven sections that explore the seven major new disciplines of the age: religion and ritual, trade and discovery, the birth of archaeology, art history, classification, the decipherment of ancient scripts and natural history. After a plea to parliament for funds, the trustees began building a new gallery to house these acquisitions the rosetta stone on display in room 4 the rosetta stone has been on display in the british museum since 1802, with only one break. As the british museum launched its enlightenment gallery in december 2003, the museum's then relatively new director neil mcgregor spoke to newsnight's culture correspondent madeline holt about his vision for his 'universal museum. The british museum, an awe-inspiring building found in the heart of bloomsbury, displays a permanent collection dedicated to human history, art and culture for sponsors and global partners it is a prime location to entertain guests, particularly when the event coincides with one of the museum's show stopping exhibitions.
The enlightenment gallery shows collections of souvenirs wealthy 18th century british travellers brought home from their journeys, appreciating art and cultures of other civilisations, and wishing to share these treasures with others. Detail from europe: a prophecy (1794), william blake the british museum cc by-nc-sa during the 17th and 18th centuries, the writings of influential philosophers and scientists formed the enlightenment, a philosophical movement centered on rationalism, tolerance and liberty. Enlightenment gallery, british museum wedgwood vase enlightenment gallery, british museum.
Appearing on all british museum top 10 lists, the rosetta stone should be your first stop when visiting the museum dating from 196 bc the rosetta stone contains 3 languages: hieroglyphic, greek and demotic and was the key to modern scholars ability to translate egyptian hieroglyphics. Have been to the british museum several times, but this is the first time i went to the enlightenment gallery a series of rooms filled with objects collected in the 17th and 18th centuries and donated to the museum at its start-up. The enlightenment gallery was reopened #onthisday in 2003 it's the oldest space in the museum and features a huge range of objects from natural history specimens and scientific instruments to drawings and sculpture. The enlightenment gallery in the british museum has been created to evoke the atmosphere of an eighteenth-century 'cabinet of curiosities', with natural history specimens and works of other cultures - ancient and exotic - grouped together under classificatory systems.
The enlightenment gallery - room 1 of the british museum laid out as the study of a collector during the age of enlightenment: the enlightenment gallery is divided into seven sections that explore the seven major new disciplines of the age. The enlightenment was a period of intense activity devoted to discovery and learning about the natural world, the past and other civilizations classification, collecting and deciphering were all important stages on the way to understanding the world. The curator led gallery tour at the british museum was, however, the highlight of the day for me the presence of both kim and francis was testament to the standing of the enlightenment project and the potential opportunities that exist for closer co-operation with the collections and expertise of the british museum. When the british museum opened in 1753, it was the world's first national public museum, free (as it still is) to all studious and curious persons.