Top 10 events news for 2012

27 December 2012

From the ever-popular wildlife photo competition and the opening of a new gallery full of treasures, to exciting events such as NASA's Curiosity Mars landing live and a huge Science Uncovered festival, these are the top 10 most popular event news from 2012.

1. Winning wildlife photos 2012 revealed, October 

Heinrich van den Berg's commended photo, Leaping lemur

Heinrich van den Berg's commended photo, Leaping lemur © Heinrich van den Berg/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012.

The most popular 2012 news story was for the announcement of the winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012. Paul Nicklen’s Bubble-jetting emperors and Owen Hearn's Flight paths won the grand title awards.

2. Get ready for Animal Inside Out, April

The second most popular story was about the opening of the Museum's extraordinary summer exhibition, Animal Inside Out, which was the UK premiere from the team behind Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds.

3. NASA's Curiosity Mars landing live at the Museum, August

The Medusa emerald went on display at the Museum in July 2012

Medusa emerald is on display in The Vault.

A few lucky people got to watch the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in a live video link-up to NASA's Mission Control at a special Museum event. The Museum's Joe Michalski talked about the mission.

4. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge unveils Museum Treasures, November

The Duchess was guest of honour at the opening of the new Treasures Cadogan Gallery, which showcases the Museum's most exceptional objects.

5. 22 treasures announced for new Museum gallery, November

From dodo bones to the first Neanderthal skull, the full 22 treasures chosen by Museum scientists to go on display in the new Cadogan Gallery, were revealed.

6. Best commended wildlife photos 2012 revealed, August

Egyptian mummified cat looked after at the Museum.

The Museum's Egyptian mummified cat is about 2,500 years old.

The commended winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced as a taster to the overall winners announced later in the year.

7. Duchess and Attenborough to unveil Treasures, November

The announcement of who would be guest of honour at the grand opening of the new Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery.

8. Animal Inside Out, Captain Scott, 2012 Museum exhibitions, January

From an exploration of the insides of animals to the last expedition of Captain Scott, this was the exhibitions that were coming up in the Museum for 2012.

9. First display of Medusa emerald, July

The spectacular Medusa emerald from Zambia had its first public display in Europe in the Museum's The Vault gallery.

10. Unwrap a mummified cat at Science Uncovered, September

A state-of-the-art digital specimen table was one of many 100s of activities at the Museum's largest science festival.

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