WOW! Simply the entry into the museum is enough to grab my attention,, it was jam packed with school trips on arrival, and 2 hours is needed to atleast percieve the exhibits,,
It is easily understood as it is split into geographic sections (e.g. egypt, asia, europe etc..),
There was a breath taking exhibit from italy when I visited,
Simply not to be missed in south kensington, and FREE!
Open every day 10.00 - 17.50
Last admission 17.30
The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but closed 24 - 26 December.
One of the most popular sections in the whole museum is the one dedicated to dinosaurs. I, for one, love it and have visited it several times.
The exhibition includes bones, skulls, fossilized eggs, but the greatest fun is provided by the animatronics. These extremely realistic reproductions of the extinct animals, that move and even seem to breathe, give the impression of visiting a zoo.
If you visit London with children I have a recommendation for you: schedule your visit to this section of the museum on your last day in London, otherwise your kids will want to go there every day.
It is really something to see the massive collection of animals, birds, insects and dinosaurs the museum has on display. To see the full size of the blue whale is unbelievable. It really shows you how great mother nature is. The museum also stands as a reminder of how destructive human beings can be. Many of the animals on display are endangered or extinct. It is a shame that many of these creatures can only be witnessed stuffed and behind glass, rather than in the wild. All in all, I was extremely impressed and blown away by the displays. It takes a full day of walking to make it around the museum, and be sure to check out the display on Darwin and evolution. The natural history/geology section was also very interesting, and there is a room with a simulated earthquake.
We don’t have any real collection of dinosaurs in Denmark so it was a must see for me being in London for the first time, that I have had in my mind for a long time. Sad was it I was short of time as the museum is large so it came to a focus on the dinosaurs collection witch was great. But sure a museum I like to return to for more viewing.
A fun thing to note considering the massive effort some religious groups (believing the world is only some 5000 years old) make to try to disproof the evolutionary science founded by Charles Darwin. It is seems funny they made a building that most of all reminds you of a church for the natural history museum that totally undermine the believes of Christianity.
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Superb and magnificent building. Really impressive the first sight of this monumental XIX century building between the trees. Only the facade is a museum itself. But wait to access... the entrance hall is equally impressive in size and style, with the big diplodocus skeleton cast in the middle and the great stairs behind with Darwin's statue leading.
As I could see, the best collections here are those about dinos, mammals and, specially, sea reptiles. It's a very crowded place, full of people, even more than the British museum and, in fact, at weekend was impossible for me to enter without keeping a 1 hour queue!. But, definitely, it's really well worth. You may not visit London without seeing this one!
This museum opened its doors in 1881 but the collections started way before that. When you visit this museum just think that you are visiting the largest and most important natural history collection in the WORLD.
There are different zones to follow each housing a different element I will abbreviate the zones for you but you can look in more detail on the website
Red Zone - planet
Green Zone - Ecology
Blue Zone - dinosaurs
Orange Zone - Wildlife Garden
The Darwin Centre is set to open in September 2009 and ironically the new building looks church like which in view of the Darwin theories is quite a twist.
The other reason to view this iconic building is for its architecture The Waterhouse Building is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. The glass and bare iron work was left exposed to show the beauty of the building materials. Look up at the painted ceiling it is adorned with plant specimens a must for those interested in botany and horticultural studies. Amongst the terracotta tiles are carvings of plants and animals. These tiles are of a hardy substance and have survived the acid smog of the Victorian era. There are sculptures in the west wing of the living form and in the east wing those that are extinct.
Children will love the dinasour displays. The museum is free although some special exhibits you will need to pay for. My favourite special annual exhibit is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.
There are several restaurants and open 10am - 5.50pm every day except 24-26 December. In the winter there is an ice rink in front of the building. Wheelchair Access
The exhibition about Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum is recomendable; a good mixture between authentic objects, like skeletons and footprints and a very visual interpretation on what the dinosaur world must have looked like.
The museum is very large, so you can spent the whole day here and have a reason to return to see the rest of the objects. We chose to have a look at the human body section. Rather nice, but this part of the exhibition was more suitable for children. (a lot of games and little tests.)
All creatures big and small and the Lord God made them all.
Dinosaurs, sea creatures, land creatures, birds of air, creepy crawlies, amazing crystals and very much more. Wide variety of collection from all over the world and over periods of time, highly educational, interactive and a must visit for all young and old.
The whole place is steeped in History,around every corner theres something to grab your attention.
Theres a lovely statue of Charles Darwin stood on the magnificent staircase,overlooking the main hall.
I remember coming here as a young child,many moons ago !!!!
Its very hi-tech now,lots to do see and do,both for children and adults alike.Lots of dinosaurs,and other models of animals.
The architecture is wonderful,its a beautiful building.Reminded me of Prague,dont know why,it just did !!
Well, it was the late May Bank Holiday Monday and a friend and I made a visit to the museum. Well what can i say, other than it was big, not that interesting although there was lots to see. There were far to many parents with pushchairs (children being carried in their arms) - at least we got to see the dinosaur skelton in the main hall - however there was a queue of some 1 hours duration to see other dinsoaurs.
The cafe's were busy and long queues were around all day.
By the way, if you visit try and use the Exhibition Road entrance, we found that entry was quick and easy here - whereas the Cromwell Road entrance had a huge and very long queue - not so good in the wet weather.
Admission is free - however they do ask for a donation from each visitor. Special exhibitions levy an admission charge.
This museum is great and is free entry. The other good thing about it is next door you've got the science museum too, where you can learn about how everything works etc. And that's free too. In the history museum, you'll go through different worlds. For example, history of the lands and earthquakes, volcanoes etc. Then stroll through the insects section. Then you can go and see the dinosaurs and on and on. There really is a huge selection of stuff to see and it will appeal to all ages. The main attractions will be the dinosaurs and the mammals. You will spend approx. 3-4 hours to have a good look around. You have life size models of the T-Rex, blue whale and massive exhibitions of skeltons/fossils of giant crocodiles, sharks/dolphins, deep sea creatures etc. Bears, birds, spiders, termites etc. You have displays on rocks, volcanic, diamonds, stones, gold etc. It really is great and there's too much to tell you about.
This is one of a group of museums in South Kensington, and is a great place to take the kids, for one simple reason – dinosaurs! If there is a child anywhere who isn’t fascinated by these amazing creatures, I have yet to meet them. Even before you get to the special Dinosaurs Gallery, the main entrance hall is dominated by a huge skeleton of a Diplodocus, whetting the appetite for the awesome exhibits in the gallery itself, including a giant animatronic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (not for the nervous child perhaps) and an intact Triceratops skeleton.
Elsewhere in the museum you can see a life-size model of a blue whale, a piece of the moon, a 1,300-year-old giant sequoia and even experience what an earthquake feels like. It has to be said though that some of the galleries have less child appeal – collections of rocks and minerals, for instance, are likely to bore them fairly quickly, so it helps to plan your route carefully.
There are several places to eat and drink (including an indoor space in the basement where you can eat a packed lunch in bad weather), plenty of toilet facilities, and several shops where you’re highly likely to succumb to “pester power” (a cuddly T Rex, anyone?) The website has a very practical Parents’ Survival Guide section to help you plan a visit with small children.
I also like the fact that you’re allowed to take photographs and videos for personal use anywhere in the Museum.
Admission is free (apart from some of the temporary exhibitions), and the museum is open Monday to Sunday 10.00AM – 17.50PM, every day except 24th -26th December. Last admission is at 17.30PM.
I think this one was my favourite activity during my last stay in London. First you have to take a few minutes to look at the front and its many details. I found the building most impressive. Opened since 1881 the Natural History Museum houses some spectacular collections - 70 million specimens ! - among which the dinosaurs skeletons is quite something. It is by far the best part for me because these animals can't fail to make an impression on you but the other sections are most interesting too. Your visit could certainly take a whole day as there is such much to see and learn about. The museum is divided in zones : the Red Zone dedicated to the Earth (you can for example experience an earthquake); the Green Zone with the central hall and its huge diplodocus skeleton, tossile marine reptiles, birds, minerals, primates; the Blue Zone with the dinosaurs, fishes, amphibians and reptiles, the human biology, the marine invertebrates, the mammals and the blue whale; finally the Orange Zone with the Wildlife Garden (more below) and the Darwin Centre.
Best of all : the entrance is free ! You are just invited to make a donation. The museum is open every day from 10.00 to 17.50 (last admission at 17.30).
Before leaving don't forget to stop by the wildlife garden : at the bottom of the stairs of the museum, turn right and take a short walk towards the garden. Very nice. Admission is also free.
Overall this is quite a fascinating visit. Absolutely recommended.
When you visit the museum, take some time to admire the building's architecture. I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings in London! Look close enough and you'll see the animal reliefs on the walls. N