The Natural History Museum in London has unique, the biggest not only in Britain, but also in the whole world, the most valuable botanical, entomological, mineralogical, zoological and paleontological collections. Unique jewelry, skeletons of exotic animals and mysterious plants - this and more attract more than millions of visitors annually. Here are some interesting facts about the museum.
1. Natural History Museum was founded in 1881. Its construction lasted 7 years - from 1873 to 1880. By 1963 the Natural History Museum was the part of the British Museum.
2. In the museum you can see a piece of the Moon. This stone was brought to Earth by the astronauts of the Apollo-16 expedition in 1972.
3. Another unique exhibit is a cursed amethyst. According to the legend, the fate of everyone who owned this stone, was extremely unsuccessful, and many of its owners had violent death. Its last owner, Edward Geron-Allen, tried to destroy the stone, but failed to do this and handed it to the museum.
4. The basis of the exposition at the time of the opening of the museum was a collection of skeletons and herbariums of the outstanding physician and naturalist Hans Sloan. Hans is also known for having invented a drink called "hot chocolate".
5. At the moment, the collection of the museum consists of more than 70 million botanical exhibits, 55 million animal specimen, 9 million fossil remains and 500,000 stones and minerals.
6. One of the rarest species of fish is presented in the museum - a hairy anglerfish. This is a rare species of the monkfish, there were about 17 of them in the world.
7. The museum is known for its collection of dinosaur skeletons. In the central hall there was a 26-meter skeleton of a diplodocus named Dippy.
8. Earlier in the zoological part of the museum you could see a 30-meter whale, and now it meets visitors at the entrance.
9. The entrance to the London Natural History Museum is free. Therefore, anyone can go there and touch the mystery of the world.