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- 1 British Museum
- 1.1 Two Million years of Human History and Culture
- 1.2 History of the British Museum
- 1.2.1 The Eighteenth Century
- 1.2.2 The Nineteenth Century
- 1.2.3 The Twentieth Century
- 1.2.4 The Twenty-First Century
- 1.2.5 Related Pages
- 1.2.6 The British Library
- 1.2.7 Departments
- 1.2.8 Related Pages
- 1.2.9 Admission Prices and Offers
- 1.2.10 Travelling to The British Museum
- 1.2.11 Travelling by Train or Tube
- 1.2.12 Travelling by Coach
- 1.2.13 Nearby Accommodation
- 1.2.14 Attractions Near Me Offers
The British Museum provides an opportunity to view world historical treasures that should not be missed on any visit to London. There are a number of free exhibitions and displays along with regular events. The museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
Two Million years of Human History and Culture
A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. The British Museum displays collections from all continents including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Some objects in the collection are the objects of controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin.
The Museum is home to objects from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the ancient world.
History of the British Museum
The British Museum was founded in 1753. It was the first national public museum in the world. From the very beginning, it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
The Eighteenth Century
The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs. The gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum.