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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The British Museum
By the time physician, naturalist, and collector Sir Hans Sloane died, he'd collected some 71,000 objects, plus an extensive library and herbarium. Not wanting his life's work to be lost forever, however, he bequeathed the entire estate to the king in exchange for a payment to his heirs of 20,000 (pounds). The king wasn't particularly interested, but Parliament accepted the bequest and the beginnings of the British Museum was formed.

It took a number of years before all was in place, but when the doors of the British Museum opened for the first time on January 15, they were the doors to Montagu House, a 17th century mansion.

This Day in History: The British Museum was opened to the public on this day in what year?
Blogger Jeanette J said...

Blogger Jeanette J said...
15th Jan 1759
(not sure if you wanted the whole date or just the year so I am adding the date with my previous post of the year)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
I only needed the year, Jeanette.


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