Museum hits record number of visitors

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The Natural History Museum at Tring has seen its highest number of visitors in the last year.

A record 157,195 people visited the Akeman Street attraction, making it the most successful year in the museum’s history.

The number reflects an incredible rise of 28 per cent on the 2011-2012 financial year’s footfall.

Museum manager Paul Kitching said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many visitors to Tring over the past 12 months and we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us to achieve this.

“The figures show the continued appeal of museums and the benefit of the free admission policy.

“It is great to be sharing our fascinating collection and the wonder of the natural world with so many more people.”

Those visiting the museum over the last 12 months have enjoyed themed events such as Animal Record-Breakers, tales of adventure with Daring Explorers and an extended run of the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Tring’s Natural History Museum opened in the late 1800s and houses many examples of 19th century taxidermy. It became part of the Natural History Museum in 1938.

Admission to the museum is free and it is open to the public from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays.

Visit www.nhm.ac.uk/tring for more.