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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

This summer sees a major part of the Museum’s transformation into a Natural History Museum for the future. Diving through the heart of Hintze Hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet’s future.

This real, 25.2-metre female whale skeleton is surrounded by hundreds of new specimens across three floors, including ten other star specimens in the ground floor wonder bays.

The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events all year round which inspire a love of the natural world and educate on the power of nature.

Other highlights include dinosaur fossils, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the state of the art Darwin centre and this summer's blockbuster exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface.

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