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"The Foundation of the British Museum originated with the will of Sir Hans Sloane, who, during a long period of practice as a physician, had accumulated, in addition to a considerable Library of Books and Manuscripts, the largest collection of objects of Natural History and Works of Art of his time. These he directed should be offered after his death, which took place in 1753, to Parliament. The offer was accepted; and the Act of 26 Geo. II., which directed the purchase, also directed the purchase of the Harleian Library of Manuscripts ; and enacted that the Cottonian Library, which had been given to the Government for public use in the reign of Will. III., should, with these, form one General Collection. In the spring of 1754 the mansion in Great Russell Street, then known as Montagu House, was bought as a repository for the whole. Between 1755 and 1759 the different Collections were removed into it, and it was determined that the new Institution should bear the name of the British Museum." Synopsis of the contents of the British Museum. (1855). Open Library

British Museum,
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG

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