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The British Museum in London, England opened to the public on January 15, 1759. It began in the Montagu House mansion and has grown to include the King's Library, the Reading Room, the Natural History Museum, the Duveen Gallery, the British Library, and the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The Museum houses many unique and high profile items, including the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. In order to accommodate the 6 million the museum sees each year, the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre recently opened.