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Google Doodle honours the British Museum 225 years after opening to the public

By V_Jones  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • Today's Google Doodle honours the British Museum. Picture: Google

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The Google Doodle today honours the British Museum, 225 years after it first threw open its doors.

On 15 January 1759, the first visitors were allowed in to view the collection at the museum.

And 2013 saw the London landmark's most successful year yet, with over 6.5 million visitors in 2013.

The busiest day of the year was Friday, August 16, with 33,848 visits and July was the busiest month on record with 747,936 visits.

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During the year, the museum staged hugely popular and critically acclaimed exhibitions including Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind; Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum was seen by over 471,000 visitors and achieved its original visitor target of 250,000 in three months of a six month run. When it opened in March, the exhibition had reached over 45,600 pre-booked visits through advance ticket sales and school group bookings ahead of opening, making it the most successful pre-opening exhibition of an since The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army in 2007.

The Pompeii exhibition is the third most popular in the Museum’s history after Tutankhamun in 1972 and the First Emperor.

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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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  January 16 2014, 11:58AM

    I see the spam reporting link is still not working. I hope someone is actually reading these posts to spot the likes of JenniferJCris.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  January 16 2014, 11:56AM

    Well, this is stunning piece of local news.

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