Visit The World’s Oldest Public Museum: British Museum🇬🇧
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.
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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!
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Until the late 19th century, the museum was lit by natural daylight. It became one of the first public buildings to install electric lighting.
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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.
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Not everything was saved, however, and the museum was struck by a number of incendiaries between September 1940 and May 1941.
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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.
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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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