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The Natural History Museum opening

The Natural History Museum opening

The Natural History Museum opening


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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!

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-day-the-mastodons-left/

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