FROM THE WEBSITE: The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. They use their unique collections and unrivaled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. The Natural History Museum cares for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.
With its vast collections and pioneering research programme, the Museum is powerfully placed to engage audiences with the science they need to know and the decisions we need to make about our future.
The Museum’s purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. They aim to stimulate public debate about humanity’s future and equip their audiences at every level with an understanding of science. The museum focuses on three themes: origins and evolution, diversity of life, and sustainable futures.
The Museum is currently in the middle of a decade of transformation. They are undertaking redevelopments to make better use of their available space, and re displaying collections to challenge the way visitors think about humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became Patron in April 2013.
September 15, 2012 – Diamond Jubilee Tour – Day 5 – Set 1 – On Day 5 of the Diamond Jubilee Tour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled by helicopter to Danum Valley Conservation Area in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The couple met with Museum scientists researching rain forest biodiversity at the Borneo Rainforest Research Center and were hoisted 147 ft into a tree where they enjoyed the view of the rain forest canopy and went on a walk through the forest.
November 27, 2012 – Opening The Natural History Museum’s Treasures Gallery – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the official opening of The Natural History Museums’s Treasures Gallery at Natural History Museum in London, England. During this event The Duchess stepped up at the last minute to give a few remarks about the museum, she also took the time to view exhibits, and meet with other guests, museum officials, and curators.
December 11, 2013 – Screening of David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Pince William, Duke of Cambridge viewed a screening of David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D at the Natural History Museum in London, England. The couple will meet Sir David Attenborough and other attendees before watching the film. Attenborough brings to life his favorite extinct creatures through 3D technology. The event will raised funds for the three national charities of the National Armed Forces: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
October 21, 2014 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends The Wildlife Photographer of The Year Awards> – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award to Carlos Perez Naval at the Natural History Museum as she attends the Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2014 Awards Ceremony on October 21, 2014 in London, England.
July 06, 2016 – Presenting The Art Fund Museum Of The Year Prize – The Duchess of Cambridge was the guest of honor at the Natural History Museum. The Duchess presented the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award. Catherine met with artists and representatives from the five museums shortlisted for the £100,000 award, the largest museum prize in the world, which is given annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement.
November 22, 2016 – Tea Party In Honour Of ‘Dippy’ The Dinosaur At The Natural History Museum – In a previously unannounced event Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a children’s tea party with pupils from Oakington Manor Primary School in Wembley, at The Natural History Museum to celebrate Dippy the Diplodocus’s time in Hintze Hall in London, United Kingdom. The Duchess painted “dinosaur eggs” and shared cake with the children.
July 13, 2017 – Attending Hintze Hall Launch Event – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the reopening of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, England. The museum was closed for a six month refurbishment of a diving blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Hundreds of other specimens were also added. During her visit of The Natural History Museum The Duchess viewed the exhibits, gave remarks, and attended a reception.
October 09, 2019 – Visiting The Angela Marmont Centre For UK Biodiversity The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, made an unannounced visit to the The Angela Marmont Centre For UK Biodiversity to hear how it is championing and helping to protect UK wildlife.The AMC helps public visitors identify their finds, provides vital training in wildlife identification, and leads research and citizen science projects that are helping to transform our understanding of over 80,000 species of wildlife known to exist in the UK today. The AMC brings together a host of individuals and organisations all dedicated to building understanding of the UK’s wildlife, so that it can be better protected for future generations. This ranges from applying ground-breaking scientific techniques, including analysis of environmental DNA through to detecting and identify the minuscule insects and microorganisms that play an important role in healthy environments. During her visit The Duchess viewed some of the Museum’s specimens and saw DNA sequencing live in action.