Natural History Museum to move 25m blue whale skeleton into entrance hall!

Ok, so it’s a bit of a way off yet, but we are super excited about the Natural History Museum’s news that by 2017 there will be a 25m-long blue whale skeleton guarding its entrance! The museum’s intention is to have the skeleton displayed in a dramatic, diving posture.

The skeleton was acquired for the museum shortly after it opened in 1881 after the animal had beached at Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland. The museum paid just £250 for it!

The museum entrance is currently home to ‘Dippy’ the dinosaur who will have to make way for the whale.

"Everyone loves 'Dippy', but it's just a copy," commented Sir Michael Dixon, the NHM's director, "and what makes this museum special is that we have real objects from the natural world - over 80 million of them - and they enable our scientists and thousands like them from around the world to do real research."

Thames Valley Summer Schools regularly visits the Natural History Museum throughout our courses in the summer and we are already looking forward to 2017 to go and see the whale in its new home! We wonder what it will be called…?

 29th January 2015 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing, Excursions

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