A Quick Overview of The British Museum
The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
- 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 on 15 January 1759, in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building.
- Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881.