Google is celebrating the 255th anniversary of the British Museum with a doodle on its homepage in the UK.
The museum, established in 1753, opened to the public in 1759, and currently holds a collection of about 8 million objects. Here’s a 20-minute look, showing some of the stuff it has on display:
The Museum announced a record number of visitors for 2013. It saw 6.7 million visitors throughout the year. This beat the previous record of 6 million visits in 2008 and was a 20% increase over 2012.
Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, said “I am delighted that so many people have visited the world collection at the British Museum in the last year. Displays onsite, loans and touring exhibitions nationally and internationally, big screen viewings and online access mean this is truly a dynamic collection that belongs to and is used by a global citizenship”.
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