National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, United Kingdom
Animals that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, a lion from the royal menagerie and an exquisite glass model of an octopus will set off on a global voyage next year. Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum will share the world-leading collection’s most extraordinary items internationally for the first time.The tour debuts with a three month run at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, from March 2017, in partnership with media group The Yomiuri Shimbun. Around 180 specimens will be hand-picked for their scientific, historic and cultural importance, revealing tales of adventure with insights into some of the greatest scientific minds. The collection traces a centuries-long quest to understand the natural world, from the Enlightenment through to the present day. Many items inspired scientific discoveries that changed how we see the world.