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This museum installed an entire blue whale skeleton—and the time-lapse is wild

Nature is seriously breathtaking.


Nahila Bonfiglio

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Published Jul 13, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:57 pm CDT

A visit to the Natural History Museum in London may be a long trip for some people, but you can see its latest exhibit in a really awesome way. The museum posted a time-lapse video of its installation of an entire blue whale skeleton, and even from a distance, it’s incredible.

#HintzeHall: Installing the Hope the blue whale skeleton

1 day to go to the reopening of #HintzeHall:Our countdown is nearly over so it’s time to unveil Hope, the new #BlueWhale display in the Hall: Blue whales had been hunted to near extinction but they became the first species we decided on a global scale to save, giving us hope for the future.Visitors to the Museum can say hello to Hope and see all the other new displays in the Hall from 10.00 tomorrow, 14 July. Today we are closed all day so if you find yourself in the South Kensington area, please enjoy visiting one of our immediate neighbours, the Science Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum.Tonight, if you are a UK resident, don’t miss the BBCHorizon documentary on the behind-the-scenes transformation of Hintze Hall, Dippy and the Whale, that will air on BBC Two at 21.00 to 22.00 BST: those of you who see the programme (and for those who don’t!) we will be hosting a special #NHM_Live here on Facebook shortly after the broadcast, to take your questions about the new display, so watch out for the link once it goes live.Make sure you don't miss out on easier access to the new displays and exclusive events by becoming Member of the Museum today:

Posted by Natural History Museum, London on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This 25.2 meter-long beauty hangs in the center of London’s spectacular Hintze Hall, allowing visitors to walk beneath the largest creature ever to have lived.

The female blue whale is named Hope as a symbol of humanity’s power to shape a sustainable future. As one of the first species humans committed to saving on a global scale after they were hunted nearly to extinction, this beautiful installment’s placement at the center of the hall seems fitting.

Hope is not the only new specimen in Hintze Hall. She will be joined by hundreds of others chosen to celebrate the wonders of the natural world.

The director of the museum, Sir Michael Dixon, stressed the importance of its new collections and looking to the future.

“It is within the grasp of humanity to shape a future that is sustainable, and now more than ever we want our galleries and exhibitions to inspire a love of the natural world, and our scientific expertise to inform solutions to the big, global challenges we face,” he said.

Hope has already represented a defining moment in the lives of curators and conservation teams, and the museum hopes she will inspire a new generation of visitors when doors open Friday.

If the video isn’t enough for you, can visit the hall starting at 10am local time on July 14, and admission is free.

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*First Published: Jul 13, 2017, 3:50 pm CDT