I took this picture from the bus. I loved the look of the facade, but I thought it must be some kind of religious building because of the towers. This was not the first time I had been fooled by the appearance of something in London.
The building was designed by Captain Francis Fowke as a 'great cathedral of science' but he died before he could build it. It was completed by Alfred Waterhouse with some alterations including a general toning-down of the project. It still features columns, a dome, and a massive entryway flanked by a pair of towers worthy of any Gothic cathedral. The building is adorned with plant and animal sculptures.
I didn't get to go to this museum. The Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are close to this one. I would really have liked to go to the Victoria and Albert more than this one, as I think that's more a type of museum that I couldn't go to in the US.
* The Natural History Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe.
* If you haven't visited before, and/or your time is limited, start with the most popular exhibitions which include: Wonders, in the great Central Hall, Dinosaurs, the blue whale in the Mammal Hall, the 'earthquake experience' in The Power Within, the precious gems of Earth's Treasury and Phase One of the Darwin Centre. Children also enjoy Creepy Crawlies, Human Biology and Investigate.
Last admission is at 17.30
Entry is free
The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but is closed 24-26 December.
The Natural History Museum has to be one of my favourite museums in the whole of London, possibly the world (or at least as much of the world as I have seen thus far!). It is a magnificent building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, which first opened in 1881.
Probably the main stars of the museum are the dinosaurs. I remember, as a small school child, my first ever trip to this museum - being wowed at the dinosaurs....nowdays there are animatronic models which more than wow the average child!
The museum continues to remain free to all. although there is a charge for temporary exhibitions.
The Natural History Museum contains an outstanding collection of over 68 million plants, animals, fossils and minerals from around the world. The collection was established in the magnificent Victorian building specially designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1881.
The museum originated with the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, and later material came from the expeditions of Captain Cook and Charles Darwin.
The spacious Central Hall is dominated by a replica of a Diplodocus dinosaur, one of the largest animals which ever lived.There are also other museum’s treasures like the skeleton of a Dodo, a Mammoth skull and a prehistoric fish. Then, there are displays on Evolution, British Natural History, Ecology...
Closed at Christmas
The NHM takes us for a walk through evolution, a fascinating look at our world and it's inhabitants. A full day is simply not long enough to take in all that is on offer here. Most of my time was spent looking around the mammal and the Earth exhibits. I simply did not have enough time to do any more, although I had spent a couple of hours in the photography exhibition.
A wonderful day out for the children, so much for them to participate in, so much to stimulate their minds, making the whole event a fun filled educational trip.
There are restaurants, cafe's, shops and picnic areas to use and cloakrooms to leave bags and coats in whilst you spend your time in the museum.
Entry is free, however, there are always a selection of exhibitions on that have a charge fixed to them, i.e. the Dinosaurs, photographic and a few others too. It is not necessary to have to visit any of these fee paying exhibits as there is still plenty to do and see apart from these.
We headed to the Natural History Museum one day specifically to see an amazing wildlife photography exhibition that was on there. I am not a big museum fan...I get tired and bored pretty quickly, so just planned to see the pics and move on.
The first thing that blew me away was the building the houses the museum - it is magnificent. I have walked past it several times in the past - can't believe I never noticed it properly!! The inside is pretty special too.
This museum is the UK's national museum of nature and is filled with many amazing collections to interest even the most anti-museum person. I am very keen to get back to check out the dinosaurs...
It is a great place for the kids and there are several cafes for that mid - tour caffeine hit.
Oh, and the photography exhibition was excellent!
Can't believe it took me nearly 3 years to make it to the Natural History Museum - and even then I barely saw anything!! It is definitely on the list to get back to - soon!
Admission is free, except to special exhibitions.
Last admission is at 17.30
Possibly one of the world's most famous museums, visitors bringing their kids to London (British and foreign alike) should go here. Housed in a magnificient Victorian edifice are a huge variety of exhibits from complete dinosaur skeletons to interactive earthquake simulators. Like all the best museums entrance is FREE!
If you think of the London Natural History Museum as some stuffy building filled with a lot of old bones and rocks you are right, well partly right, It is that and much more. As a kid at heart, my favorite was the dinosaur exhibit. It is truly something special with the dinosaurs brought to life or as close as can be. All the exhibits are first rate and worth spending a day there, with or without kids
For its history, the Natural History Museum first opened its doors to the public on Easter Monday in 1881, but its origins go back more than 250 years when physician and collector, Sir Hans Sloane, left his extensive collection to the England 1753. Eventually this collection found its way to the form part of the British Museum. Other collections were added later, including specimens collected by botanist Joseph Banks on his 1768-1771 voyage with Captain James Cook aboard HMS Endeavour, the natural history elements started to need their own home
The Natural History Museum is home to the nation's finest collections of natural history specimens and is one of the UK's top visitor attractions. Today the museum is home to life and earth science collections comprising some 70 million items consisting of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, fossils, and rocks.
There are five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. There is also a wildlife garden containing native fauna and flora. The museum is renowned for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.
Many kids find museums and galleries boring... Lucky for you we have the natural history museum in London. Apart from showing off precious metals and how they're made as well as crystals and volcanoes, the natural history museum is known for it's dinosaurs...
The first thing you see when you enter "The Great Hall" is a recontructed Dinosaur from its skeleton (see pics) the further you go into the museum the more fossils you see the more dinosaur facts you learn. Every kid that goes here enjoys themselves, especially with the new "pooing dinosaur" animatronic exhibit that has realistic sounds and smells... sounds crap right? (no pun intended) it's actually really good and well worth the wait.
The Musuem itself is a beautiful building and next to is the Victoria and Albert Museum (named after queen Victoria and her Husbad Prince Albert) and on the other other side is the science museum another great place for the kids as well as the adults. Entry to museums are free (although donations are welcome as it's the only way the museums earn money to keep running) and only special exhibits require you to pay. So why not make a whole day of it? During the summer there's always plenty of activities to keep the kids busy whilst you look at the more factual stuff.
Cheap day out and you'll always learn something new that might come in handy at a pub quiz!
One of the worlds finest and largest museums of natural history with hundreds of exhibits, many interactive, ranging from the volcano experience to the dinosaurs exhibition. I still love the huge dinosaur skeleton thats in the foyer!
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is the best I have seen so far ... the building itself is magnificent architecture, and it features a superb dinosaur exhibition with interactive, moving, realistic dino models. There is even an earthquake simulator you might like to try out ... fun. Great for kids and adults alike.
It was the first place I've visited in London and I loved specially the collection of dinosaurs they have. Lots of reproductions that looks almost real and frightful. The all atmosphere in the museum are adjusted to create the real feeling of life between them.
A great place for adults, families with children to go to, is FREE to enter!! Try to go after 3.30pm this is the time the school children visits usually leave , that way you can look around with less noise!!!
The Natural History Museum is unique among England's museums because it is a major attraction full of incredible art pieces and archeological discoveries, plus a world renowned institution for scientific research.
This venue was free and well worth a visit. They have a huge collection of stuffed animals, dinosaur bones and interesting bits and pieces related to nature. The building is also really beautiful and worth a visit in itself just for the architectural features. Kids would absolutely love it.
The Natural History Museum is a must see for the architecture and dinosaur alone. I've been a number and whilst I spent most of the day there on my first visit, I still call in too see the ever changing exhibitions when I'm in the Kensington area. It's very convenient from the West End, South Kensington is a short hop on the Piccadilly or District and Circle lines. For walkers, continue down Cromwell Road to the V&A.