Art, Where To

Where To: British Museum, London

7.20.19

Hey…heading over across the pond to London for this month, August, and September. Lots of things to see in London. Like the British Museum.


Credit source: British museum

This should be on my list of places to see while I’m in London. The British Museum has a long-standing history with the city of London.

History of the British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning, it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.

The eighteenth-century: origins of the British Museum

The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist, and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753).

Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs.

The gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum.

The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the ‘Old Royal Library’ of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt.

The British Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759. It was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today’s building. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’.

With the exception of two World Wars, the Museum has remained open ever since, gradually increasing its opening hours and moving from an attendance of 5,000 per year to today’s 6 million.

  • Membership
  • Kids
  • Schools
  • Africa and The British Museum

 

Special Exhibition:

The Citi exhibition

Manga マンガ

23 May – 26 August 2019

#MangaExhibition

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds.

Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up. This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

  • Introduction to Manga
  • A History of Manga
  • 8 Genres of Manga You Need to Know
  • Hokusai: The Father of Manga

For membership and tickets, please go the website, which will be listed below. 

Other exhibitions: Edvard Munch, 

Coming Soon: Troy

Events:

  • All the World’s A Comic: Storytelling Through Pictures Friday, July 26 / 18.30 Special Event
  • Studio Ghibli Film Season: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) Friday, August 2 / 18.30 Special Event
  • Studio Ghibli Film Season: The Wind Rises (2013) Friday, August 9 / 18.30 Special Event

 

British Museum,

Great Russell Street,

London WC1B 3DG,

United Kingdom

Other addresses

www.britishmuseum.org

Just click on the link above your for open, closing times, tickets, membership and more. I hope this post put a smile on your face and let you plan for your vacation or visit to London. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed!

 

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