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The British Museum
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Location London, United Kingdom
Address Russell Street , London, WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom
Lat, Long 51.519345, -0.127287
Phone Number 44 20 7323 8299
Description The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the 'Old Royal Library' of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt. The British Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759 . It was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today's building. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’.
Keywords UK, Museum
Updated on 2014-05-28
Created on 2012-02-21
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Ground Floor
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