The museum was founded in 1753. The basis for it was a collection of 71 thousand antiquities of the physicist and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum's collection grew rapidly and in the mid-19th century moved into a magnificent building built in the neoclassical style designed by architect Robert Smirke. By the beginning of the 2000s, the interior of the museum was renewed, and a mesh roof was installed over the inner yard, adding a modernistic detail to the historic building.
You can get to the museum by metro. The nearest stations are Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Holborn. Working hours: every day: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, on Thursdays and Fridays some departments are open until 8:30 PM.