On June 5, or World Environment Day, the Beijing Museum of Natural History was officially renamed the National Natural History Museum of China. It houses more than 370,000 items and ranks first of its kind nationwide in number of rare specimens.
The day of the opening ceremony saw the launch of an exhibition titled Curator's Collections—Preserving the Past for the Future. Tracking the 72-year history of this museum, it showcases more than 100 specimens of rare animals and plants collected in different periods.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)