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The History The British Museum

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The History The British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753, when the trustees purchased a 17th-century mansion called Montagu House, in Bloomsbury as a location for the museum. Public access to the British Museum was free of charge from the outset although in the early period there were only a limited number of tickets issued daily to manage crowds. The old Montagu House eventually became too small as the collections of the museum increased. Thus Montagu House gave way in 1824 to the beginning of a series of successive building projects that continued to expand the floor space of the museum right up to modern times.

Today the British Museum collection consists of over 8 million objects. Only 80,000 objects are on public display at any one time.

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“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
– H.G. Wells


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