Established in 1753 at Montagu House, the British Museum located in the Bloomsbury area of London is dedicated to human history, art and culture. With a permanent collection of over 8 million objects and works, the museum is among the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence. Originating from all the continents, the immense collection at the museum has been documenting and illustrating the story of human culture from its inception to this day!
A Brief History
Largely based on the extensive collection held by the Irish-born physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane, the museum was first opened to public in 1759. The initial collection mainly comprised of ancient coins, books, medals and natural remains. Since its inception, the museum has become abode for most significant discoveries made by British explorers at home and abroad as well. Some of the important finds from abroad include Rosetta Stone from Ancient Egypt and the Parthenon sculpture from the Acropolis in Athens. Its consequent expansion for two-and-a-half century since its establishment is an apt reflection of the expanding British colonial footprint.
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Open daily between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm, the museum closes late at 8:30 pm on Fridays. Being a non-departmental public body, the museum is sponsored by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The nearest Tube Stations to the museum are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street. Public transit buses also stop near the museum.
As a national museum, there is no admission fee for entry (except for loan exhibitions). In fact, the British Museum is the first museum in the world which was opened to public. Groups of ten or more must have to book at least 7 days in advance. Over 6 million people visit the British Museum annually making it the 5th most visited museum globally and the first in the nation.