British Museum

History of the Museum

The British Museum was established on the 7th of June 1753, after Sir Hans Sloane a physician and collector had  bequeathed a collection of over 71,000 objects to King George in return of a £20,000 payment to his heirs.

The British Museum would go on to become publicly opened on the 15th of January 1759.

The British Museum collections

The British Museum is recognised as one of the greatest museum in the world with a collection covering over 2 million years of history.

Some of its collections include:

  • The initial books, antiquities  and natural specimens bequeathed to Britain by Sir Hans Sloane.
  • Early to mid nineteenth century: classical antiquities.
  • Late nineteenth century: British and medieval antiquities.
  • Twentieth century: developing today’s collection.


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