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|Museum's Creepy Crawlies Get New Cocoon
- Extension to house millions of insects and plants
THE NATURAL History Museum is to get a UKP50 million extension to house a variety of plants and insects currently housed behind closed doors.
The Darwin Centre, as the new extension will be known, will feature a futuristic 'cocoon' design, will be home to 70 million creepers and creepy crawlies, and will be sited on the west side of the famous Gothic building.
The first phase of the Darwin Centre is due to open in 2002, with the rest to follow by 2007. The Natural History Museum's last big modern extension, on the east side, was famously labelled a 'monstrous carbuncle' by Prince Charles.