Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam at The British Museum
The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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26 January – 15 April 2012
Open daily 10.00–17.00, Fridays until 20.30
In partnership with King Abdulaziz Public Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able. This major exhibition charts the history of this deeply personal journey.
Examining the extraordinary travel logistics involved and how the wider operation of the event has changed over time, the exhibition compares how pilgrims over the centuries negotiated this often monumental undertaking and how it continues to be experienced by people from all corners of the globe today.
Beautiful objects, including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts, bring to life the profound spiritual significance of the sacred rituals that have remained unchanged since the Prophet Muhammad’s time in the 7th century AD.
'This exhibition will enable a global audience to deepen their understanding of the significance and history of the Hajj. In particular, it will allow non-Muslims to explore the one aspect of Islamic practice and faith which they are not able to witness, but which plays such a major part in forming a worldwide Islamic consciousness.'
Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum
16–18 years, £10
Under 16 years, Free - Accompanied by paying adult
2 for 1 tickets for students on Fridays between 17.30 and 19.30, telephone bookings and walk-up only
Unemployed person, £10
Disabled person, £10
Disabled person's assistant, Free
Advanced booking only Monday–Friday
National Art Pass, £6
Special £6 ticket between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only
Please note, booking fees apply when booking tickets online (£1) and by telephone (£2)
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