The British Museum

Established in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. Its foundations lie in the tremendous collection of physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, who, upon his death, bequeathed no less than 71,000 objects to King George II to be preserved for the nation. Nearly 7 million visitors per year flock to London to see the institution’s now more than 8 million artifacts, which span prehistory to the present day. Matching the impressiveness of the British Museum’s holdings is the modern Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, the largest covered public space in Europe. At its centre, is the Museum’s round Reading Room completed in 1857.