Monday 10 June 2013 -
The British Museum
The world in a nutshell.
The British Museum was created in 1753 to house a number of collections passed on by Sir Hans Sloane. Sloane had previously opened a museum in Bloomsbury, the Montague House, in 1759. The museum was rapidly lacking in display and storage space, and as a result Robert Smirke designed the current neo-classical building in 1823, the central courtyard space of which was adapted with a design by Norman Foster, and this new area was opened by the Queen in 2000.
With its extensive collections of art and antiques from ancient times to the present day, the British Museum covers an astounding 2 million years of human history.
Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, or Goodge St.
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