Google celebrates the 225th anniversary of the British Museum with a Doodle
Google is celebrating the 225th anniversary of the British Museum with a Doodle that depicts the building's entrance and its Great Court surrounded by people admiring the display of a Moai monolithic statue and possibly an ancient Roman soldier on a horse.
This landmark London Museum, established in 1753 after Sir Hans Sloane sold his incredible 71,000 pieces-strong collection to King George II, has a lot to celebrate on its 225th birthday. Since its first opening to the public in 1759, the number of visits to the British Museum has escalated from an average of 75 a day to the record 30,000+ a day recorded in 2013.
More specifically, in the past year the Museum has managed to attract an incredible 6,701,036 visitors with successful art exhibitions such as 'Ice Age Art', 'Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum' - the third most popular exhibition in the Museum's history after 'Tutankhamen' (1972) and 'The First Emperor' (2007/08) - and the more peculiar 'Shunga: Sex And Pleasure', featuring Japanese 17th-19th century erotic paintings and prints.
At the moment, through a collaboration with Bogotá's Museo del Oro, the British Museum is hosting an exhibition called 'Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia' that features a precious collection of over 300 gold artifacts.
The El Dorado display will last until the 23rd March 2014, while from the 6th March 2014 it will be possible to visit 'Vikings: life and legend', the first major exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum for over 30 years, to admire an unique selection of swords, axes, coins, jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images.