Natural History Museum and Potato partner for blue whale digital experience

Natural History Museum and Potato partner for blue whale digital experience

Natural History Museum and Potato partner for blue whale digital experience

Attending an opening at London's Natural History Museum, the Duchess of Cambridge kept things simple, teaming her new shorter haircut with a short-sleeved pale blue dress.

"Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature", she told the crowd (via People).

The black-tie affair, which took place in the palace ballroom on Wednesday evening, saw a huge 170 guest turn out including royal family favourites Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

Kate, who is a patron of the museum, and the famous naturalist will be among the first to see the 25-metre long skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

The blue whale has been named Hope as a "symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future".

The Natural History Museum has unveiled its first major refurbishment since the 1970s, transforming architect Alfred Waterhouse's Hintze Hall at the entrance to the museum.

Lord Avebury addressing an audience at the museum in 1905 during the unveiling of Dippy the Diplodocus.

The reopening of Hintze Hall marks the end of a five-year redevelopment programme at the museum by Casson Mann, which began with the refurbishment of the Treasures Gallery in 2012.

'It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking centre stage, with many other marine specimens as star attractions in this splendid Hintze Hall'.

It will be surrounded by other some rather wonderful specimens too, including a 4.5bn year-old meteorite and a Mantellisaurus skeleton.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday (14 July).

For those who need their dinosaur fix the displays will include a dinosaur fossil - an 120 million-year-old Mantellisaurus, found on the Isle of Wight in 1917.

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