Image courtesy of Greenpeace UK/Twitter.

A group of Greenpeace activists forced the British Museum to close Thursday morning after scaling the building to protest a BP sponsored exhibit.

A series of social media posts from Greenpeace UK showed several activists climbing the columns of the British Museum to protest the opening of the Sunken Cities exhibit being sponsored by BP.

The protesters climbed the columns and hung banners with the names of locations the group said are at risk due to climate change.

One of the banners displayed by the protesters read “Sinking Cities,” a play on the exhibition’s title.

The British Museum said Thursday morning that it was “closed temporarily for visitor safety reasons due to a protest.”

The museum is currently expected to re-open around 2:15 p.m. local time on Thursday.

“We’re here today taking a stand because of the irony of an oil company sponsoring an exhibition whose name practically spells out impacts of climate change. What were they thinking?,” a Greenpeace spokesperson told the BBC.

BP said in a statement that it’s proud of its 20 year partnership with the British Museum, but it did not comment on the protest.

The Sunken Cities exhibition runs from May 17 to November 27 and showcases artifacts from the lost Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.


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