Speed Reading — Level 1 — 100 wpm 

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The British Museum had its best year ever in 2013. It had more than 6.7 million visitors. Over a million more people visited last year than in 2012. The big attractions were the exhibitions Life and Death in Pompeii, and Herculaneum. The museum director was happy that many people came. He said many things happened last year. The Internet helped more people to visit. The director said it was a great museum that belonged to the world.

The British Museum has about 13 million exhibits of human history and culture. They are from all over the world. Some countries, like Greece, Egypt and China, want their things back. The British took them hundreds of years ago. The museum first opened in 1759. About 75 people a day visited it. There were 71,000 things, including 40,000 books and stuffed animals. There were also very old things from Egypt, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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