British Museum London, England, England

One of the largest and best museums in the world, the British Museum displays a wide variety of important artifacts, among them the famous Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248941
Names
British Museum
Coordinates
51.5194590° N, 0.1269310° W

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Timeline

1753
The British Museum is founded with the purchase of the extensive collections of Sir Hans Sloane and the manuscripts of Robert Harley.
1753
The British Museum is housed in a 17th-century mansion called the Montagu House located on the site of the present museum.
1753
Death of Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection will form the foundation of the British Museum
1765
Mozart admires the artifacts in the British Museum
1772
The British Museum acquires the Greek vase collection of Sir William Hamilton.
1802
British Museum purchases Egyptian artifacts including Rosetta Stone
1816
British Museum acquires the Elgin Marbles
1820
Sir Robert Smirke produces the designs for the new British Museum buildings.
1823
Construction begins on the British Museum
1823
King George IV donates library to British Museum

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