The British Museum


Today Google UK is marking the history of Human History and Human Culture by displaying “The British Museum” Google Doodle on their United Kingdom Google Search Engine Homepages. Today 15 January 2014 marks 261 years of the acquisition of Montagu House where the first exhibition galleries and reading room for scholars opened on 15 January 1759 at “The British Museum”. King George II gave his formal assent to the Act of United Kingdom Parliament to established the British Museum in 1753.

The British Museum

The British Museum is a museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

Today’s Google Doodle is a modern artwork showcasing some of the artifacts and history to be found documented in “The British Museum” and I think the doodler who were responsible for designing “The British Museum” Google Doodle have done a stunning job to capture the history of the museum in the doodle.

Some of the most Notable history of the British museum include the:

  • Cabinet of curiosities (1753–78)
  • Indolence and energy (1778–1800)
  • Growth and change (1800–25)
  • The largest building site in Europe (1825–50)
  • Collecting from the wider world (1850–75)
  • Scholarship and legacies (1875–1900)
  • Disruption and reconstruction (1925–50
  • A new public face (1950–75)
  • The Great Court emerges (1975–2000)

To read more about the above you can visit the Wikipedia Article on

The British Museum

for comprehensive information about the Museum and the importance of the history captured within the walls of the British museum.

Today it no longer houses collections of natural history, and the books and manuscripts it once held now form part of the independent British Library. The Museum nevertheless preserves its universality in its collections of artifacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern. The original 1753 collection has grown to over thirteen million objects at the British Museum, 70 million at the Natural History Museum and 150 million at the British Library.