death: the human experience

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

0117 922 3571

Saturday 24 October 2015 – Sunday 13 March 2016
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm | Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm
Admission Fee: Pay What You Think

Family event

Mexican Day of the Dead
Saturday 31 October, 10am - 5pm
Free - donations welcome

death: the human experience will feature over 200 amazing items dedicated to showing how human beings have approached death and dying around the world and across time.

From the Mexican Day of the Dead and Victorian mourning rituals, to mummification practices and fantasy coffins, this incredibly diverse exhibition will reveal captivating stories behind the most universal of experiences.

death: the human experience asks you to consider the science, ethics, attitudes and process of death, as well as the variety of ways human remains are used and the importance of end-of-life choices in contemporary society.

The exhibition will feature spectacular artefacts including mummified body parts, coffins from around the world, Japanese watercolours, mourning clothes, grave goods and much more. They show how death has been treated from the earliest human civilisations to modern day societies and pose questions including, when is death; what happens to us after we die; and what symbols we use to understand death. 

From January, a re-creation of a room at the Dignitas flat near Zurich will be displayed alongside death: the human experience as a complementary exhibition, supported through funding from the Wellcome Trust.                                                        

death: is it your right to choose? will be a powerful and emotive installation that will encourage debate and discussion around end of life choices during a time when the current law on assisted dying in the UK is undergoing scrutiny.

Entry to death: the human experience will be ‘Pay What You Think’ in order to give everyone the freedom to enjoy the exhibition before deciding how much to pay. 

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