The British Museum
|Formerly known as||Montagu House|
London, England WC1
|Designed by||Robert Hooke|
- At the time of its completion, the Great Court was the largest covered public square in Europe.
- The Great Court cost £100,000,000.00.
- The roof of the Great Court weighs 793 metric tons.
- 1676: Montagu House is built.
- 1686: Montagu House is damaged by fire.
- 1754: Montagu House is purchased to house the British Museum.
- 1804-1808: The Townley Gallery, designed by George Saunders, is built.
- 1842-1846: The Townley Gallery is demolished.
- 1852: The Townley Gallery is replaced by the Smirke Building, designed by Sir Robert Smirke.
- 1854-1857: The Reading Room is built. It is designed by Sydney Smirke, younger brother of Robert Smirke.
- 1882-1885: The White Wing is constructed. It is designed by Sir John Taylor.
- 1907-1914: King Edward VII's Galleries are built; designed by Sir John Burnet.
- 1931-1939: A gallery is built to house the Elgin Marbles.
- 1962: The gallery housing the Elgin Marbles opens.
- 1975-1978: The New Wing is built. It is designed by Sir Colin Saint John Wilson.
- 1980: The New Wing opens.
- 1998-2000: The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court is built. It is designed by Lord Norman Foster.
- 7 December, 2000: The Great Court officially opens.