The British Museum – Have You Been?
In one of the London guides the British museum is mentioned as the number one tourist attraction (the British Museum is a world leader in the conservation and display of objects from across the globe). After seeing the realm of exhibits, the way they are presented and the building and its architecture itself I don’t think I would argue… I’d say it’s definetely the King of all London museums’, guarding lots of very old World’s secrets.
Some interesting facts:
– 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 British Museum was founded in 1753. (Sir Hans Sloane’s gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum.)
– It is the first national public museum in the world.
– 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.
– From the beginning it granted free admission to all “studious and curious persons”.
– With the exception of two World Wars, the Museum has remained open ever since, gradually increasing its opening hours.
– Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
Please take a peek inside (some exhibits that attracted my attention):
If you would like to read more about the museum, please visit their official website and if you get a chance, of course do pay a visit!