In the early days of the British Museum, prospective visitors had to make a written application and undergo a brief interview to determine if they were fit to be admitted. If they were successful, they returned a second time to pick the ticket, then a third time to view the museum’s displays. They were then whisked through the exhibition rooms in groups and not allowed to linger.
Found in: Bill Bryson, A Short History Of Nearly Everything
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