Many parents trying to keep their children amused while enjoying a trip to London this half-term headed to the much-loved Natural History Museum earlier last week. However, they did not anticipate the chaos that ensued when the world-famous museum had to be evacuated due to an unforeseen emergency situation.
On Monday February 18th, thousands of people were led out of the South Kensington building, despite not knowing what was going on.
Many families, who had been hoping to see some of the hundreds of thousands of artefacts in the museum’s display cases, were left disappointed when they were forced to leave.
The evacuation was later revealed by the Express as being caused by an alarm.
“The museum evacuated the green and blue zones, as a break glass alarm was operated in the public basement area,” a spokeswoman told the news provider.
It was added that the area is usually used for school groups, but as it is currently half-term, no school children would have been in there.
Therefore, it was concluded that: “It was likely set off by a member of the public by accident.”
Despite the chaos and disruption for thousands of visitors, the museum acted with caution to protect everyone who had come for an enjoyable day out.
Taking to Twitter later on in the day, it tweeted: “Sorry that some of our visitors have been inconvenienced by an emergency evacuation.”
This comes after a fire broke out at Northampton Museum last week. The museum, which closed in February last year for expansion work and is due to open in 2020, had smoke coming from the building last Wednesday (February 13th).
Firefighters were called to the scene, and roads surrounding the building were closed to the public.