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The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8000 - +44 (0)20 7323 8299
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The British Museum is one of the world's largest and most important museums of ancient history. It was established in 1753 and was based largely on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on January 15, 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building.
The museum is home to over seven million objects covering the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. Many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space. The present chairman is Sir John Boyd and its director is Neil MacGregor.
The British Museum, like the other main museums and art galleries in London, charges no admission fee. However, an admission charge is levied for some temporary exhibitions.
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