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Feature Exhibits
       Voyages of Discovery (April 2001)

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Harlequin Beetle
H.M.S. Beagle

H.M.S. Beagle
Harlequin Beetle

Koalas
Koalas

Chocolate wrapper
Chocolate Wrapper

Exploration by British voyagers from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries dramatically changed ideas about the world's biological diversity. The famous voyages of Sir Hans Sloane, Captain James Cook, naturalist Charles Darwin and others led to major discoveries and advances in the field of natural science. These explorations, and the rare treasures they uncovered, formed the nucleus of one of the world's greatest natural history collections and forever changed our thinking about the natural world.

The National Museum of Natural History is proud to present a new exhibition of material collected during these dramatic journeys and organized by The Natural History Museum, London. Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerizing visual record of some of the most significant discoveries in the history of scientific exploration. Superb artwork, biological specimens, some of the earliest photography, and explorers' personal effects spanning three centuries document advances in the field of natural science.

April 19, 2001 through July 22, 2001. First floor, Special Exhibitions Gallery.

For more information visit the Natural History Museum, London's Voyages of Discovery website.

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