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15/01/1759 British Museum opens to the public

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258 years of the British Museum

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A history of the British Museum building: Neil MacGregor

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The British Museum, London - 4K

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The Huge History Lesson

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The world wants its treasures back from the British Museum

The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. It was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. It first opened to the public in 1759, in Montagu House, on the site of the current building.
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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