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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum - WhichHoliday.tvThe Natural History Museum is home to one of the largest natural history collections in the world from microscopic slides to mammoth skeletons. The building with its cathedral like structure first opened its doors to the public on Easter Monday in 1881, but its origins go back more than 250 years.

The museum is dedicated to life and earth science and holds some 70 million items within five main collections; Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Entrance to the Natural History Museum is free, however please be aware there are some charges to some of the exhibits and access to the library is by appointment only.
 
Natural History Museum - WhichHoliday.tv
The museum, also known as the 'Cathedral of Nature' is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, which is highlighted by the Diplodocus cast which greets you in the  central hall, The dinosaur quickly became an iconic representation of the museum, and was featured in the 1975 Disney comedy 'One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing'.  Another iconic display is the parallel skeleton and model of a blue whale, as you walk into the 'Mammals' Gallery this exhibit will simply take your breathe away.
 
The Natural History Museum is with walking distance of other London attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the exhibition centre at Earls Court and is a WhichHoliday.tv Top 10 UK Attraction
 
Find out more at www.nhm.ac.uk
 

Five Natural History Museum Facts.

The Natural History Museum owes its beginnings to Sir Hans Sloane, an eighteenth-century collector.  The collection now holds;

  1. 55 million animals, including 28 million insects.
  2. 6 million plant specimens.
  3. more than 500,000 rocks and miner.
  4. l3,200 meteorites
  5. and over 9 million fossils.
 

 

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