London’s Natural History Museum is celebrating the reopening of its spectacular Hintze Hall which includes the amazing blue whale skeleton – and here’s the chance to see it for free.
The museum is running a free prize draw to win an exclusive preview of the new displays before they open to the public at 10am on July 14.
The winner and up to five guests will be given a private tour at 8am and take part in the opening ceremony two hours later. The prize also includes a two-night stay in a London hotel and travel costs up to £175 each. Two hundred runners up and one guest each will be invited to gain early access to the Museum before the public and attend the opening ceremony.
Plunging through the heart of museum’s iconic main hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton will lead a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet’s future.
The blue whale is the largest-known animal to have ever lived on earth. Driven to the brink of extinction by hunting, it was the first species humans took a decision to save. It tells a story of hope. The real 25.2 metre female skeleton will take centre stage among hundreds of new displays across three floors, including 10 other star specimens – one in each of the ground floor alcoves.
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, says: ‘The natural world is changing fast and so are we. It’s in our grasp to shape a sustainable future – but our decisions have to be informed by understanding our past and present. The blue whale is a perfect symbol of this story of hope.
‘To share this story far and wide we are offering lucky winners of our free prize draw the chance to be some of the first in the world to see the newly transformed Hintze Hall. I look forward to welcoming them to the Museum.”
To enter the free prize draw, closing date May 31 at 4pm, click here