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Fantastic Beasts exhibition opening at NHM on December 9

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The Natural History Museum has announced the opening date of its Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibit, which debuts on December 9.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, Warner Bros Consumer Products and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Visitors will explore the links between animals of the natural world, mythical creatures and their fictional counterparts from the world of Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter.

The NHM will display creatures, specimens and artefacts from its collection alongside objects and elements from the universe of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.

Following in the footsteps of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, guests will learn more about the magical Mooncalf, the magnificent Occamy, and the endangered Erumpent.

Meet the creatures and beasts of Harry Potter

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“We cannot wait to share this thrilling experience with our visitors,” said Clare Matterson CBE, executive director of engagement at the Natural History Museum.

“No sooner will they set foot inside that they will journey through magical realms and walk alongside some of the most fascinating creatures in the world.

“At the heart of this exhibition is a celebration of all the fantastic beasts we have the privilege of sharing our planet with, and the very real threats they face.

“Visitors will leave with a renewed love of the wonders of nature, and a revived urgency to help protect it,” added Matterson.

Tickets for exhibition on sale from November 12

Tickets go on sale from November 12, and priority booking is available to those who originally reserved tickets before the exhibition was postponed due to COVID-19.

Google Arts & Culture is also offering a curated digital Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition in partnership with the Natural History Museum.

Explorers will have an immersive digital experience featuring highlights from the exhibition, as well as insights from museum scientists and curators.

Images: Natural History Museum

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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