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Mammoths: Ice Age Giants Exhibition

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Have you ever had a close encounter with a mammoth? The nearest I've got is to Manny from Ice Age. But let's be honest, I doubt there were that many real mammoths who spent their day going on quests with a sloth and sabre tooth tiger.

Although we can't literally travel back to the prehistoric era, you might be surprised to hear that we do in fact have a time machine. It is called The Natural History Museum, and from the 23rd May - 7th September, you will be able to buy a two way ticket back in time (no extra charge for returns) and meet giant creatures, including Baby Lyuba, the world's most complete mammoth to go on display. Discovered in Siberia in 2007, the one month old calf died forty-two thousand years ago. Preserved in frozen mud, all that is missing s her tail and fur. This will be Lyuba's first appearance in Europe.

While visiting the Mammoths: Ice Age Giants exhibition, you will learn about some of the best known-species, such as the wooly mammoth, piral-tusked Columbian mammoth, and the dwarf mammoth. You will also get a chance to explore what it felt like to be a mammoth in a tusk jousting challenge.

Some of the events to look forward to as a curator's talk, King of the Ice Age lecture, discussion on the Mini Mammoths of Crete, and a question over why mammoths went extinct.
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When: 23rd May - 7th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 5000
Where: Natural History Museum
Cost: 10 adult, 5 children & concessions
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