This post was most recently updated on October 30th, 2017
In the twentieth century, the British Museum expanded its public services, adding new guide lecturers and more educational services. A beautiful new court was built: the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. This two-acre court is the largest covered public space in Europe. Still in use today, it houses an information desk, a reading room, and an educational center.
Today, the British Museum continues to add new acquisitions to its collection. The museum’s visitor numbers have grown exponentially since it was founded. When the museum first opened in the eighteenth century, it averaged 5,000 visitors a year. Now, the number is over six million. With the exception of World War II, the British Museum has remained open ever since it was first founded.