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The Natural History Museum in London has unveiled its new star, a giant blue whale skeleton called Hope. The blue whale skeleton has been named 'Hope' Credit: John Nguyen for the Telegraph The 25.2 metre mammal suspended from the ceiling forms the main exhibit as visitors come through the front door and replaces the much-loved Diplodocus dinosaur, "Dippy", which will soon head out on a tour of the UK. 'Hope' has been installed as part of a revamp Credit: John Nguyen for the Telegraph The skeleton is from 1891 and originally went on display in 1934 and has been installed as part of a revamp at the South Kensington museum. The name "Hope" was given as a "symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future". Credit: John Nguyen for the Telegraph Blue whales are now making a recovery following decades of exploitation that nearly drove them out of existence. The Museum’s Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and Sir David Attenborough will attend a gala launch reception this evening (July 13) ahead of the public opening at 10am tomorrow. The 25.2 metre real blue whale skeleton is from 1891 and originally went on display in 1934 Credit: John Nguyen for the Telegraph Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, said: 'This is a landmark moment for the Museum and for the millions of people from all over the world who visit us. The transformation of Hintze Hall represents a new era for us as a natural history museum for the future. "Putting our blue whale, Hope, at the centre of the Museum, between living species on the West and extinct species on the East, is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the responsibility we have towards our planet." Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, said: 'This is a landmark moment for the Museum' Credit: John Nguyen for the Telegraph Richard Sabin, the museum’s leading whale expert, said: "Whales are incredibly mysterious and behaviourally complex creatures, as well as being the giants of the ocean. "I remember visiting the Museum as a child and being amazed when I came face to face with the blue whale skeleton we are now unveiling in Hintze Hall. "Until 2015 the skeleton was hung alongside a model whale in the mammals gallery and wasn’t in full view, but in her stunning new home, where you are able to walk underneath and see her from all angles, she is even more spectacular. "It is impossible not to be struck by the sheer scale and majesty of this beautiful creature as she dives towards you when you enter the Museum. "My first encounter with the blue whale skeleton became a defining moment in my life, and I am sure Hope will inspire a new generation of visitors to discover the story of life on Earth and be encouraged to want to protect the natural world."
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