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The hall and staircase, British Museum, 1808.

View of groups of figures on the staircase of the old British Museum, Montagu House, under ceiling decorated with paintings; light entering through arched windows at r. 1808 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

Pierre Charles; Fontaine Percier  View of the Guard's Hall in the Old Louvre

View of the Guard's Hall in the Old Louvre - Pierre Charles; Fontaine Percier

BRITISH MUSEUM: Courtyard of Montagu House, 1830, c1880

Antique print 'Court-yard of Montagu House, 1830 by Unsigned from "Old and new London", Cassell, Petter & Galpin

'Egyptian Room' at the British Museum from 'The Illustrated London News' (May 26, 1855).

255 years ago today, the British Museum opened its doors. It was the first ever national public museum. As a public museum, it was free to all and aimed to

UK - London - Bloomsbury: British Museum - Great Court by wallyg, via Flickr. Queen Elizabeth II Great Court at The British Museum, London, wonderful place to visit. And my daughter recognized it from The Red Pyramid. So that was fun.

UK - London - Bloomsbury: British Museum - Great Court by wallyg, Queen Elizabeth II Great Court at The British Museum, London, wonderful place to visit

Montagu House, London, a 17th century mansion that from 1759 was the first home of the British Museum. It was pulled down in the 19th century and replaced by the present much larger buildings.

History Today -- The British Museum opened on January [Image is of Montagu House, Bloomsbury, London (later the British Museum) by James Simon,

'The British Museum: the Botanical Room, with visitors.', Wellcome Library, CC BY-NC

255 years ago today, the British Museum opened its doors. It was the first ever national public museum. As a public museum, it was free to all and aimed to

The interior of the third and largest theatre to stand at Drury Lane, c. 1808

Popular Public Amusements in Georgian England - Drury Lane Interior in 1808

Brooks's Club, London

Rita Bay: Brooks’s Men’s Club -- Brooks’s, a very exclusive men’s club located on St. James Street, was founded in

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