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Described as a ‘cathedral to nature’, the Natural History Museum started life as little more than a glorified exhibit at the British Museum. However, owing to the creative vision of Sir Richard – a former curator at the Hunterian Museum – and architect Alfred Waterhouse, this institution has become an icon in its own right. Now home to over 80 million items, it's a shining example of its kind, continually evolving to reflect advances in natural science and drawing over five million visitors a year.
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