Saturday 28 March 2015

Natural History Museum - Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition is now open

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Immerse yourself in life beneath the waves
at Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Take a virtual reef dive, enjoy breathtaking underwater photography, and see live coral and fish in our aquarium, when you visit our new exhibition. Plus encounter more than 250 strange, rare and beautiful specimens from the Museum's collection.

Five fun facts about coral reefs

1. corals are tiny animals that together build huge structures
2. more than one million different species can be found living on one coral reef
3. the oldest corals lived 500 million years ago, long before dinosaurs and mammals
4. there are over 800 species of coral
5. around 500 million people worldwide rely on coral reefs for food, jobs and coastal protection

Find out more about these incredible ecosystems at our major new exhibition open until 13 September.

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Win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Enter online for a chance to win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, courtesy of Audley Travel and Tourism and Events Queensland.
Discover more about coral reefs
Revealing the secrets
Dive into our series of expert-led events looking deeper into the underwater world.
View our stunning retail range
Our retail range
With beautiful marine-inspired jewellery, homeware, books and much more, take a look at our exhibition retail range.
From conservation to exhibition
From conservation to exhibition
Watch a short film about how we prepared one of our star specimens, the washing machine-sizedTurbinaria coral.
Exhibition-inspired water bottles
Our retail range
Coral reef exhibition-inspired bobble water bottles are out now exclusively in Oliver Bonas stores. And in partnership with bobble, Oliver Bonas and On The Go Tours, get the chance to win a trip to Egypt.
Meet the exhibition's star specimens
Exhibition's star specimens
From our two-metre-long giant grouper to some of the oldest coral in the world, meet the exhibition's star specimens.