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10 things You Didnt Know About The British Museum

With a collection that spans over 2 million years of human history and with it being one of the most iconic places in Britain its no surprise that the British museum is a must see. But here are some facts about the museum that you may shock and surprise you.

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1. Established since ....

King George II established the British Museum in 1753 and Its grand opening was on 15 January 1759, in Montagu House which was on the site of the current building. its over 250 years old !!
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King George II established the British Museum in 1753 and Its grand opening was on 15 January 1759, in Montagu House which was on the site of the current building. its over 250 years old !!

2. Its bigger than you think

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it has over 8 million individual objects ( the oldest being a 2 million year old tool) yet only 80,000 are on public display. The rest are stored below ground.

3. Masterpieces

Some of the worlds most important pieces are on display here. They include the Roseta stone, the Mummy of Katebet, The Oxus Treasure and many more.

4. X rated

Once described as raunchier than page 3 the Nishikawa Sukenobu’s exhibition was one of the most successful in the Museums history with over 80,000 visitors. Not to mention its lost porn room. You dirty lot.
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Once described as raunchier than page 3 the Nishikawa Sukenobu’s exhibition was one of the most successful in the Museums history with over 80,000 visitors. Not to mention its lost porn room. You dirty lot.

5. Stolen booty

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Items such as the Parthenon marbles of Greece which were acquired by the museum through some dubious circumstances a long time ago still have not been returned to their rightful owners which has sparked some outrage and debate over the years.

6.Jam Packed

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Has over 6.6 million visitors each year

7. DEFCON 1

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Due to threats from various terror groups the British museum is well prepared and is on high alert.

8. Free

The museum is 100 percent free and relies on public donations to run. Also Never buy tickets from street merchants in London who try to sell fake tickets to a free museum.
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The museum is 100 percent free and relies on public donations to run. Also Never buy tickets from street merchants in London who try to sell fake tickets to a free museum.

9. WW2

In 1940, a bomb hit the East Wing of the British Museum, damaging an important part of the King's Library Gallery and destroying many of the books collected by King George II.
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In 1940, a bomb hit the East Wing of the British Museum, damaging an important part of the King's Library Gallery and destroying many of the books collected by King George II.

10. History

Is and always will be an important and vital part of Britain and the worlds history

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