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Dare to brave the cave? Kids will love discovering the real stories behind these mysterious creatures of the night. Explore cave formation and how bats use echolocation, and experience a spectacular dramatization of bats in flight during a nightly exodus for food. Featuring more than 20 bat
Religious murals survive the march of time. The Paradise of Maitreya, the magnificent mural that dominates this gallery, adorned the wall of a Chinese Buddhist monastery that no longer exists. It was created more than seven centuries ago during the Yuan dynasty, when Khubilai Khan ruled and the
The crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean. The island of Cyprus is rich in natural resources and lies between the eastern and western worlds. From the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period trade with, and control of, ancient Cyprus was important to the Greeks and Romans to the west and the
A great flock. The world of birds awaits you in a light-filled gallery showcasing more than a hundred winged creatures, many presented in full flight. From the albatross with its nine foot wing-span to tiny songbirds, details come alive from all angles as you walk around and under the specimens.
The rise and fall of three mighty civilizations. Long before the Classical Age the prehistoric Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations flourished in Greece and the Aegean. This was before the age of written history, but these cultures inspired the myths and legends of Greece – tales of the
Where Western culture begins. Ancient Greece is considered by many to be the birthplace of western culture. It was home to some of the greatest artists and thinkers of the western world including the historian Herodotus, the dramatist Euripides and the philosophers Socrates and Plato. Greek
Where artistry meets technology. The Koreans produced the earliest woodblock text, and invented the world's first metal movable type 200 years before Gutenberg's printing press. A legacy of artistry and technology influences almost every aspect of life in this diverse civilization.
When Istanbul was Constantinople. The dedication of Constantinople (now Istanbul) by the Emperor Constantine I in AD 330 began a new phase in the history of the Roman Empire. Power gradually shifted towards the eastern Mediterranean, and a new empire emerged. The people of this empire thought of
A growing empire. The ancient Romans were relentless in expanding their empire, and the Near East was slowly conquered over a period of approximately 200 years. Petra, Palmyra, Judaea, and Seleucid Syria – all became part of the Roman empire during this period. The treasures in this gallery
From Samurai to the Tea Ceremony. Explore the civilization that gave us household words such as Samurai and netsuke. From Kyoto and Satsuma to Tokyo, Japanese culture unfolds in an outstanding presentation of ceramics, religious sculpture, prints, paintings, lacquers, furniture and armour. In