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Jon Ablett Natural History Museum

Watch and share Jon’s personal London Story, find out about his love of molluscs and the amazing museum in which he works! Here you can follow in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the wonders of the natural world. The Natural History Museum was opened in 1881 as a ‘cathedral to nature’ and houses 78 million specimens including animals, plants, rocks, fossils and everything in between. Jon takes you behind the scenes at the museum and gives his recommendations for things to do in South Kensington – London’s museum quarter.

About Natural History Museum

Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular Dinosaurs gallery, Mammals display with the unforgettable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall, home to the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton.

Don’t miss the state-of-the-art Darwin Centre Cocoon where, on a self-guided tour, you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where scientists are at work.

The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including chances to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature.

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