The British Museum, in central London is considered to be one of the world's greatest museums of human history and culture.
With artefacts ranging from small archaeological fragments to massive objects, the museums' collection is said to be amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence. Items from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Ancient World, illustrate and document the story of human culture from its beginnings to the modern day.
The British Museum first opened to the public on 15th January 1753, after physician and collector Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753) bequeathed his personal collection of over 71,000 objects to the nation. Since then, the museum's collection has grown to house over 8 million objects in an area of 13 acres. Some objects in the collection, most notably the "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon, are the objects of intense controversy and some call for restitution to their countries of origin.
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