The Natural History Museum opening
Originally shared by British Museum
The Natural History Museum opened in South Kensington #onthisday in 1881 – but did you know it used to be part of the British Museum? By the 1850s the natural history collection had become too large for the site in Bloomsbury, and a new museum was called for. It took 394 trips by horse and cart to transport all the zoological specimens across the city! 🐘
Museum Archivist Francesca Hillier explains how the collection got too big for one institution, and why you won’t find dinosaurs in Bloomsbury!