Exhibitions & Events, Galleries & Museums

British Library – Buddhism

Exhibition Dates: 25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

Encounter the outstanding beauty of Buddhist manuscripts and artworks in the largest exhibition of its kind ever held at the British Library. Explore rare treasures from the Library’s collection including colourful scrolls, artefacts decorated with great detail and lavishly illuminated books spanning 2,000 years and 20 countries.

Meet the women whose stories are told through Buddhist scripture. Admire artefacts made by hand in a setting inspired by a Buddhist temple. From sacred texts written on tree bark, palm leaves and gold plates to exquisite silk scrolls of major sutras, follow the life of the Buddha and his previous incarnations.

Find out how Buddhism was pivotal in developing writing and printing techniques, transmitting ideas and stories across Asia. Mindfulness. Compassion. Tolerance. Many of us have heard of the principles of Buddhism.

Discover their origins, see beautiful artworks, and understand what these concepts mean for Buddhists in the world today.


25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

Monday and Wednesday – Friday 09.30-18.00
Tuesday 09.30-20.00
Saturday 09.30-17.00
Sunday 11.00-17.00.

Last exhibition entry 90 minutes before closing.

Closed 24 – 26 December and 1 January.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.


Adult: £14

Access Information

Please check website for details.

Phone Number

01937 546546

Posted on December 24 2019

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