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07/06/1753 King George II establishes the British Museum

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London, England: British Museum

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The British Museum in London Walking Tour

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The King Opens New Wing To British Museum (1910-1919)

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public in January 1759, in Montagu House, on the site of the current building. Its permanent collection numbers some 8 million works, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
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    • Essentials 

    • Sir Hans Sloane 

    • Foundation (1753) 

    • Cabinet of curiosities (1753–1778) 

    • Indolence and energy (1778–1800) 

    • Growth and change (1800–1825) 

    • The largest building site in Europe (1825–1850) 

    • Collecting from the wider world (1850–1875) 

    • Scholarship and legacies (1875–1900) 

    • New century, new building (1900–1925) 

    • Disruption and reconstruction (1925–1950) 

    • A new public face (1950–1975) 

    • The Great Court emerges (1975–2000) 

    • The British Museum today 

    • Governance 

    • Building 

    • Department of Egypt and Sudan 

    • Department of Greece and Rome 

    • Department of the Middle East 

    • Department of Prints and Drawings 

    • Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory 

    • Department of Asia 

    • Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 

    • Department of Coins and Medals 

    • Libraries and archives 

    • Artefacts taken from other countries 

    • Disputed items in the collection 

    • BP sponsorship 

    • Trustee appointment