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The Great Reading Room at the British Museum opens to the public

05/18/1857

The magnificent new reading room at the center of the main building of the British Museum in London opens to the public. It has cost 150,000 pounds, has a diameter of 140 feet, and incorporates a 106 foot dome that steers noise upwards. Designed by Sydney Smirke and Antonio Panizzi, it can house 300 readers at a time. (By John Osborne)

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Benjamin Vincent, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to all Ages and Nations (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1906), 200.

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