Lonely Planet Writer

Party at the Natural History Museum in London this New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a night that is filled with parties around the world – but one new offering is a ball at London’s Natural History Museum, and yes, there will be dinosaurs.

The museum is hosting its first-ever New Year’s Eve Ball, which will take place in the Hintze Hall, and will allow visitors to take a stroll through the dinosaur gallery. Visitors will even be able to say goodbye to Dippy – an iconic cast of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton that stands in a place of honour at the museum. In early 2017, Dippy will head out on a tour of the UK, where the dinosaur cast will be on display at a variety of indoor venues.

The event will let people paint their faces and dance the night away. There will be a bar serving drinks and refreshments, and guests looking for a more glamorous experience can also attend a three-course meal at a VIP reception. Unfortunately, the New Year’s bash may be out of reach of many visitors, as tickets cost £130 and £215 if you want the meal.

Luckily, the museum also recently launched something that will help all natural history lovers who won’t be able to make it to the party or even to London. The museum’s collection is now part of a new online experience by Google’s Cultural Institute, which allows online users to check out more than 300,000 specimens from the museum’s collection.