10 interesting facts about The Natural History Museum where the Gala Dinner takes place

23.09.2013

   1. Until 1992, this museum was officially known as the British Museum (Natural History) or BM (NH), as it is abbreviated in academic papers.

2. The museum is located in a complex known colloquially as Albertopolis, in South Kensington, London. It is one of the three largest museums in Albertopolis.

3. The Natural History Museum building was completed in 1881, after seven years of construction, from 1873 to 1880. Until 1963, the Natural History Museum was part of the British Museum.

4. When the Museum opened its doors, the main exhibition was a collection of animal and human skeletons and dried plants belonging to the renowned physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane. Sloane was also famous for having invented hot chocolate.

5. Today, the museum’s collection contains over 70 million botanical items, 55 million exhibits of animals, 9 million relics from archeological digs, and 500,000 rocks and minerals.

6. Despite the enormous territory and immense number of exhibits, the Museum is quite easy to navigate. For the convenience of visitors, the Museum is divided into five collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology.

7. The Natural History Museum is particularly famed for its collection of dinosaur skeletons. The central hall is home to the famous 26-meter skeleton of a diplodocus.

8. In the zoological section of the Museum, visitors can see a 30-meter blue whale.

9. Entrance to the Natural History Museum in London is free.

10. The Museum is also keeping up with the latest technology. For instance, it has a mechanical model of a tyrannosaurus rex, so that visitors can have a vivid idea of the largest carnivore that ever walked the earth.

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