nat­u­ral his­tory mu­seum

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - MUSEUMS -

If you haven’t vis­ited the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum since you were a child, now is the per­fect time to go.

Dippy – the gi­ant di­nosaur who filled up the main room of the build­ing for so long – has been re­placed by Hope, a 25.2-me­tre-long blue whale skele­ton who hangs from the ceil­ing.

Staff mov­ing Hope the blue whale from its home in Mam­mal Hall at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, where it had hung since 1938, to its new spot in the main hall made an un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery. They found it was be­ing held to­gether with copies of the Kent Mes­sen­ger from the 1930s. They were be­ing used to hold the bones to­gether, and some copies from the 1932 Christ­mas Eve edi­tion were pack­ing out in­ter­ver­te­bral discs.

It’s free to view the mind bog­gling col­lec­tion of an­i­mals, fos­sils and skele­tons – so ex­pect long en­try queues. The an­nual Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year ex­hi­bi­tion is held here, although ticket prices ap­ply for this. near­est tube: south Kens­ing­ton

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