King Edward VII Galleries, British Museum, London

Sir John Burnet & Partners
Date Built
Montague Place
The King Edward VII Galleries form part of London's British Museum.  The building lies along the northern end of the museum beside Montague Place. 

In 1951 it was given Grade I Listed status which applies to the building, the attached walls and the rather grand stone lions that guard the entrance by Sir George Frampton.

At the time of its listing the building was described as having an Edwardian Beaux Arts facade, "... with a screen of attached Ionic columns on a podium and flat, higher square erections at the angles. Commercial metal framed windows, on both floors, between the columns. Granite door frame with inner frame of enriched marble. Above this an inscribed foundation stone and gilded wreaths on the flanking columns. "

According to the British Museum's website the King Edward VII Galleries, "... were originally intended to be part of a larger development at the north side of the Museum. ....  The north entrance was never originally intended to be a public entrance. Instead this entrance and gallery were meant to face a long avenue which would be part of a victory parade route. The saluting gallery, a reminder of this grand scheme, can be seen above the north entrance." However, it does provide an entrance to the building, one which is often somewhat less busy.

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