The British Museum site has been developed with the aim of engaging visitors with Museums’ collection and providing practical information’s to people planning to visit the museum or those who want to buy souvenirs from the museum’s collection. The British Museum is one of the most prestigious museums in all of Britain with history dating back to 1753. It is in fact the oldest and the first national museum of the world, and since the beginning has allowed studios and interested people in for free. The number of visitors the living piece of history entertains has raised form 5000 a week in the 18th century to nearly 6 million, today. The museum was formed from the will of physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). Sir Sloane had collected around 71,000 distinct objects over his lifetime which he wanted to be preserved for lifetime. He bequeathed his collection to the then King George the second in return for King’s payment of £20,000 to his heirs. His collection was then made open for public on 7th of June in the year 1753 raising the basis for the present British Museum. The collection mainly consisted of books, manuscripts, natural specimens, some antiquities, old coins, medals, drawings and ethnographic material.
The nineteenth century saw much enlargement for the organization with a number of high profile acquisitions which included the Rosetta Stone (1802), the Townley collection of classical sculpture (1805), and the Parthenon sculptures (1816). In the year 1823, George IV gifted the nation his father’s library prompting the construction of todays’ quadrangular building. The twenty-first century saw most changes being made in the museum with huge expansions. Artifacts like Chinese ceramics, clocks and watches, various antiques from Europe AD 10650-1540 and The Tomb-chapel of Nebamun: Ancient Egyptian life and death have been added to the museum. The museum is now looking to move into newer dimensions and is currently working on the next major building project, The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre which will include a new temporary space exhibition. The museum’s online website does a great job in managing the inventory of each and every item and compiling details of different tour services offered through out the museum. The site also gives a great insight into the research being carried out in the facility so that the masses are kept aware of advancements made by the institutions. The online site also features a store where you can buy souvenirs or different items inspired from the museum’s collection. Items like Jewelry, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, Rings, Cufflinks, Brooches, Watches, Baltic Amber, Books & Media, Sculpture, Home & Office, Accessories & Clothing, Children, Art Prints, Tickets and even Membership offers are available at their online store. Regular sales are also conducted at the store you so you can easily afford to buy what you want for your beloved one. The store functions smoothly, accepting all forms of electronic payments and offers a refund and exchange policy. The online store for the museum is an ideal fusion of history and technology, and integration of the two phenomena provides a pleasurable experience.