British Museum opened in 1759 is the first national public museum in the world. Visitor numbers to the British Museum have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
The British Museum has 10 curatorial and research departments:
Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Coins and Medals
Conservation and scientific
Greece and Rome
Portable Antiquities and Treasure
Prints and Drawings
Open: 10 am – 5:30 pm Daily, Fridays 10 am – 8:30 pm.
Where is the British Museum? It is a 6 minute walk from Russell Square and Holborn Stations in zone 1. Russell Square serves the Piccadilly line and Holborn serves the Piccadilly, Central lines.
What is nearby? The Cartoon Museum 2 mins, Sir John Soane’s Museum 11 mins.
Did you know? The origins of the Museum lie in the will of the physician Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). During his lifetime Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II (1683-1760) for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs.