The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

The British Museum

British Museum Great Court, London, UK - Diliff

The British Museum dedicated to history, culture, and art, is located in London, England. It is one of the oldest public museums in the world. Established in 1753, over 260 years ago was founded by the English Parliament, it set the model for public museums. In the past, museums were private collections of kings, rich individuals, the Church or universities. The British museum changed all that.

The British Museum Act of Parliament in 1753 states that the British Museum was founded so that it may “be preserved and maintained, not only for the inspection and entertainment of the learned and the curious but for the general use and benefit of the public”.

Today its collection includes over eight million objects housed in an area of 807,000 sq ft (75,000 m2) in ninety-four different Galleries. Too many galleries to visit in one day or even to cover in detail over a few days visit. It is a museum where every visit brings something new.

The Masterpieces of the British Museum include:

Further information about The British Museum is available via the following links:

Essential Details:

  • Museum:          The British Museum
  • City:                   London
  • Established:     1753
  • Location:          Great Russell Street, London, UK
  • Collection:        8 million objects
  • Visitors:            7 million
  • Public transit access London Underground Stations:
    • Goodge Street
    • Holborn
    • Tottenham Court Road
    • Russell Square
  • Website:          britishmuseum.org

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“Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff.”
William Thorsell

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Photo Credit: By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons