Visit The World’s Oldest Public Museum: British Museum🇬🇧
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The British Museum is the world’s oldest national Public Museum. Founded in 1753, it opened its doors in 1759. It’s older than the USA!
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The Museum gate was guarded by a cat named Mike between 1909 and 1929. When he died, his obituary appeared in the Evening Standard and TIME magazine.
It was founded when Sir Hans Sloane left his collection to the nation. However, the museum became so big, it had to create two other museums to cope!
Until the late 19th century, the museum was lit by natural daylight. It became one of the first public buildings to install electric lighting.
The Museum’s collection was evacuated during the Second World War. Heavy sculptures that could not make the journey were kept in Aldwych Tube tunnel.
Not everything was saved, however, and the museum was struck by a number of incendiaries between September 1940 and May 1941.
Younger readers might remember its appearance in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The film here was shot for 3 nights with 200 crew members.
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It’s easy to assume the museum only has ancient items,but in fact acquisitions continue to be made all the time.It’s the UK’s most popular attraction.
It is also home to the Rosetta Stone. It has been on display since 1802, and the writing on the stone is a decree about King Ptolemy V, r. 204-181 BC.
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