The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). He bequeathed it to King George II for the nation in return for payment of £20,000 to his heirs.
The King had little interest but Parliament, led by the Speaker, Arthur Onslow, was persuaded to accept the gift. An Act of Parliament establishing the British Museum received the royal assent on 7 June 1753.
The Museum was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today's building. On 15 January 1759 the British Museum opened to the public.
The Museum celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2003 with the resoration of the King's Library, the Museum's oldest room.
We were first there in August of 1999.
There are numerous hotels in the London area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of London and the surrounding area.
After arranging your flight we would suggest getting your hotel and then letting them arrange tours of the area for you. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!
Hint: Many London hotels do not have air conditioned rooms. It is hot and humid in August. Make sure your room is air conditioned when you book it.
We have links to Priceline.com on our page so that you can arrange your flight and hotel in the London area.
Special Note - To Arrange Tours:
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We have placed links to viator.com on this page you can find many special tours in England, or France.
|The Rosetta Stone Close Up View To Compare The Three Language Types.|
|Audrey And The Tomb||George And The Tomb|
|George And The Egyptian||The Real Rosetta Stone|
|Audrey And Big Ben||George And Big Ben|
|British Museum Entrance||Audrey And The Sarcophagus|