The Natural History Museum has won the Independent award for the UK's favourite museum, gallery or heritage attraction.
Independent readers and members of the general public voted for the award presented at the Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence.
The permanent collections, comprising around 70 million specimens, still captivate visitors both young and old, and are complemented with exhibitions, workshops, talks and behind-the-scenes tours.
Visitors can ride an escalator to the centre of the Earth, experience an earthquake, touch real specimens or see just how big the dinosaurs really were.
As well as a great place to visit, the Natural History Museum is a world-leading science research centre, helping to conserve the richness and diversity of the natural world with projects and partnerships in over 60 countries.
The Natural History Museum at Tring , Hertfordshire, was shortlisted in the 'Project on a Limited Budget' category for Animal Mummies of Ancient Egypt in 2005. It's current exhibition, Dogs: Man-Made Friends? explories the origins of our domestic dogs and their relationship with us.