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Na­tional His­tory Mu­seum, Lon­don, United King­dom

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - By Alvin Soon

96 Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, Lon­don

The Na­tional His­tory Mu­seum (NHM) is one of the most dis­tin­guished cen­ters of nat­u­ral his­tory and re­search in the world. The mu­seum rst opened in 1881, but its ori­gins date back to 1753. It houses more than 80 mil­lion spec­i­mens that span mil­lions of years of nat­u­ral his­tory, from enor­mous di­nosaur skele­tons to blue whales to gem­stones and min­er­als.

The build­ing it­self is con­sid­ered an iconic land­mark – a “cathe­dral to na­ture” that’s a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of clas­si­cal Ro­manesque ar­chi­tec­ture. The NHM is one of three ma­jor mu­se­ums on the same road, so when you’re done visit­ing, you can drop by the Sci­ence Mu­seum and the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum next door.

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