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The name of the British Museum is known throughout the world. From the start it was a library and a museum in one, a repository of books, art treasures and natural history specimens covering different periods, countries and branches of learning.
History of the British Museum. The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.
The original collection of the British Museum included antiquities, coins and medals, natural history specimens and a large library collection. It now comprises over 8 million objects spanning the history of the world's cultures: from the stone tools of early man to twentieth century prints.
British Museum History, Art Collection Highlights: Antiquities.
The British Museum sees itself primarily as a world museum of material culture and art. The new permanent Enlightenment exhibition (2003) in the King’s Library, created to celebrate the museum’s 250th anniversary, acts as a type of museum history lesson.
When the British Museum was opened in 1759 it was the first national museum to be open to the public anywhere in the world.
Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum of Natural History
The british museum. "Ædes Musis et Apolline dignæ."—Fuvenal.
This Museum comprises the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, and the National Library. It was built in the middle of the last century.