Any visit to the Natural History Museum is guaranteed to be filled with amazing discoveries about the awe-inspiring diversity of life and the forces that shape our world. But did you know that the displays and exhibits that spark your wonder and curiosity are only the tip of the iceberg? It's true. For every exotic gemstone, rare, and beautiful animal specimen, cultural artifact and dinosaur fossil, there are millions more in the vaults our Curator's Cupboards; far from the lights of the display cases, waiting for you to see them.
The Natural History Museum isn't just about putting an awesome collection on display. Just beyond the exhibit halls, there's a whole world of active research going on as our curators and researchers examine the more than 35 million objects in our archive and uncover the secrets they reveal of our natural world.
Curator's Cupboards are a chance for curators and Museum visitors to meet, and share a glimpse of the amazing specimens and artifacts you won't get to see on a routine visit to the Museum. In past events, our curators have shared rare marine and mammal specimens, actual meteorites, and dinosaur fossils, and insect critters so exotic you'd think they were from Mars.
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Evolution and Our Channel Islands Saturday, February 22, 2014
Much like the Galapagos Islands, isolation has allowed evolution to progress independently on the Channel Islands. The marine life around the islands varies from microscopic plankton to the blue whale. In celebration of these unique islands, we are opening up the Research and Collections departments at NHM. Come out and meet our team of scientists who will bring specimens into the foyer to share, as well open their behind-the-scenes collection areas for tours!
Extinction Saturday, June 28, 2014
Be it genetics, predation, climate, competition, disease, or habitat loss- let’s look at extinction as a natural and global phenomenon. Take this opportunity to talk with our scientists about the animals currently being studied as well as conservation efforts.
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