|Long title||An Act to alter the composition of the Trustees of the British Museum, to provide for the separation from the British Museum of the British Museum (Natural History), to make new provision with respect to the regulation of the two Museums and their collections in place of that made by the British Museum Act 1753 and enactments amending or supplementing that Act, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.|
|Citation||1963 c. 24|
|Royal assent||10 July 1963|
The British Museum Act 1963 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It replaced the British Museum Act 1902. The Act forbids the Museum from disposing of its holdings, except in a small number of special circumstances. The amendment of the Act would, therefore, be a necessary precursor of the return of items such as the Elgin Marbles or Benin Bronzes. In May 2005 a judge of the High Court of England and Wales ruled that Nazi-looted Old Master artworks held at the museum could not be returned.
The Act also made the Natural History Museum an independent organisation, with its own board of trustees.