British Museum Sculpture Reproductions
Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national museum in the world. The museum was established with a gift of more than 71,000 objects consisting of books, manuscripts, natural specimens, some antiquities and ethnographic material that Sir Hans Sloane, a physician, naturalist and collector, left to King George II for the nation upon his death. With this gift, on June 7, 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British museum. Since that time the museum has grown from 5,000 visitors a year to near 6 million visitors a year.