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£78M Natural History Museum extension opens

The Natural History Museum has unveiled a new £78M building which will provide the public with the most up-to-date opportunities to learn about science.

Opening next week, The Darwin Centre at the central London museum, will include state-of-the-art scientific and storage facilities, in addition to 17 million insect specimens and three million plant specimens as its focal point.

Also part of the building is the Attenborough Studio, named after the famous TV naturalist, which will act as a centre to house museum specimens, film footage and opportunities for the public to learn about natural history.

A 35 square-yard collage of interactive screens called the Climate Change Wall, which aims to educate the public about global warming, also takes a prominent place in the new structure.

Director of public engagement at the Natural History Museum Sharon Ament said: ‘The Darwin Centre will invite everyone to explore the natural world in an exciting and innovative way. It will really show our visitors why and how our scientists tackle some of the most pressing issues we face today - from the spread of disease to the impact of climate change on the planet’s wildlife.’

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