The Museum has its origins in the generous offer of Sir Hans Sloane back in 1753, when Parliament bought his extensive collection of natural history specimens and cultural artefacts counting more than 71,000 items. At the beginning, the collection was displayed in the British Museum and only on 18 April 1881 the new museum opened its doors, but it was not until 1992 that it took its current name.
The building of the Natural History Museum resembles a Romanesque architecture cathedral and has become London’s iconic landmark. Nowadays, the Museum is home to more than 80 million specimens and uses its unrivalled expertise to tackle the challenges facing the world. Join five million visitors of this fascinating museum in 2016 and attend one of its thought-provoking exhibitions.