The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot

Discover the epic story of the horse in this special free exhibition at the British Museum. – a journey of 5,000 years that has revolutionised human history.

The Horse

The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot.

Objects range from ancient to modern and include depictions of horses in stone reliefs, gold and clay models, horse tack, paintings by George Stubbs, and trophies and rosettes. The exhibition is a Diamond Jubilee Celebration and runs until September 30, 2012 at the British Museum.

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British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Tube : Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square