New museum gallery for exceptional artefacts

Date Posted: 19/09/2012

Pictured: Dinosaur teeth are among the 22 treasures on display.

From 30th November, group travel organisers can uncover 22 of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on display at the Natural History Museum, in its new Treasures gallery.

Each object has been hand-picked by the museum’s scientists.

Four of the 22 specimens have been revealed, while the remaining hidden treasures will be uncovered when the gallery is launched.

Treasures revealed

Dinosaur teeth: This original set of teeth, roughly the size of peach stones and ten times larger than those of modern reptiles, was discovered in 1822.

Archaeopteryx: A 147 million year old limestone slab containing the fossil of the earliest known bird, and described as the most valuable fossil in the museum’s collection.

Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A rare first edition of one of the most influential books of all time, written by the famous naturalist and evolutionary theorist.

Nacreous Ammonite: 200 million year old ammonites that were once owned by the father of geology, William Smith. These fossil sea creatures led Smith to discover that the rocks beneath our feet are layered through time.

The Treasures gallery will be in the upper mezzanine floor of the Central Hall, overlooking the Diplodocus. It will be a permanent public gallery with free entry.

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Photo credit: copyright Natural History Museum

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