Have a whale of a time at Natural History Museum’s new central hall
Displaced Dippy the Diplodocus — the prehistoric creature whose cast skeleton was long the symbol of the Natural History Museum — is readying for a tour of the U.K., while his breath-taking replacement will get a big reveal on 14 July as the museum unveils its brand new Hintze Hall.
A massive blue whale skeleton (yet to be nicknamed) will be suspended from the ceiling where Dippy once lurked, and visitors will be able to get eye-popping views of the 25.2-metre creature, as the whale appears to be diving through the hall.
Museum officials say the blue whale is a fitting centerpiece for the legendary museum — a symbol of hope and stewardship for the planet. A half-century ago, the species had nearly become extinct when, in an unprecedented move, an international law was put into effect to protect the majestic mammals from hunters.
The renovated ground floor of Hintze Hall, which has been closed since January for the renovation, will also feature 10 other star exhibits in alcoves. Hundreds of new displays — representing the history of the planet from the birth of the solar system to the biodiversity of our time — will be spread throughout three floors.
A team of curators, conservationists, and engineers have been cleaning and readying the blue whale in a warehouse away from the museum for months, moving it to the museum in April, to have it ready to inhabit its new home in time for the museum’s busiest family season.
If you want to be among the first people in the world to visit the new hall (and you are a U.K. resident), enter your details with the museum here by 31 May to enter a special drawing.
For further information about the exciting makeover of the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum click here .
And if you want to find out about Dippy the Diplodocus’ new mission to teach appreciation of nature in our midst, click on this link which is filled with information on The Natural History Museum’s most famous inhabitant since 1905 and where you can see him on his tour of the UK.