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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.