­­­­NHM’s treasures go on display

Charles Darwin’s pigeons are included among the specimens showcased in ‘Treasures’.

A new permanent display showcasing 22 of the Natural History Museum’s most significant and valuable objects has opened on the upper mezzanine of the Kensington museum’s Central Hall.

Located in the Cadogan Gallery, which overlooks the Main Hall’s famous Diplodocus skeleton, ‘Treasures’ hosts a selection of highlights from the museum’s 70 million specimens, showcasing some of the most prized items from its botany, mineralogy, zoology and palaeontology collections.

Specimens on display in Treasures include a thousand-year-old skeleton of the extinct Dodo, pigeons bred by Charles Darwin in his garden, which gave him crucial evidence for the theory of evolution by natural selection, and a rare collection of insects assembled by Alfred Russel Wallace in south east Asia from 1854 to 1862.

The Natural History Museum is free to enter and offers discounts on refreshments to groups who book in advance.

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