Natural HIstory Museum, London

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    Natural History Museum - Primeval in the city

    by scanos Updated May 6, 2006
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    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.

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    It is amasing, with many interactive exhibits

    by christos_z Written Apr 25, 2006
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    It was impresive, you can see everything, for the earth and how it works (Volcanos, earthquakes and other), animals and many other.

    MUST NOT MISS:
    Dinosaurs' simulation with a robot and
    Earthquake simulator.

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    The Natural History Museum

    by kris-t Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    The science Museum contains an excellent collection of interactive exhibits explaining scientific development. See the Launch pad - space exploration, computing, flight, materials, and early machinery.

    The museum is renowned for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, particularly the large Diplodocus cast which dominates the entrance.

    The newly-developed Darwin Centre holds a collection of millions of preserved specimens, interactive materials and new workspaces for the Museum's scientific staff.

    The museum will also hold the remains and bones of the River Thames Whale that lost its way on 20 January 2006 and ended up in the Thames. Despite major rescue attempts, the Bottlenose Whale died shortly before it was due to be released back into open waters, when it suffered a convulsion and died on board the barge taking it toward the sea.

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    Natural History Museum

    by Sjalen Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    A huge Victorian building amptly sets the tone for this museum which was founded in the spirit of Darwin and the great British explorers of the time. This means there is a lot of research tied up to it, but amongst the public exhibitions are not just the "usual" stuffed animals but also a popular set of dinosaur models.

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    by MishyM Written Feb 27, 2006

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    I have spent a lot of time in this museum, more than any other in London, as I work in it, so I know the Museum very well, and can certainly recommend it to others.

    To begin with, the Architecture is amazing, in particular the small details, such as the monkeys make of stone, plants and other animals built into the pillars. Inside, the entrance area is wonderful, with a grand staircase leading up to the higher floors, and also a dinosaur skeleton.

    The Museum was opened in 1881 and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in the German Romanesque style of architecture.

    The museums has in its collections:
    55 million animals
    nine million fossils
    six million plant specimens
    Over 500,000 rocks and minerals
    3,200 meteorites

    Obviously not all are on display, but you are able to see a large number of fossils, rock, mineral and meteorite displays.

    Must see:
    - The Dinosaur area – it is so interesting, there are fossils, a moving T-Rex, information panels and interactive computer activities.
    - Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition – until the 23 April 2006 – there is a 6 pound entrance fee for adults for this exhibition and 3.50 pound fee for concessions. 15 pounds for a family ticket.

    There are a large number of cafes and restaurants as well as toilets available to the public. There is also a Museum store to allow you to buy books, toys and much more.

    Again, this Museum is also free, which is great in an expensive London!

    Opening hours are:
    Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5.50pm
    Sunday: 11am – 5.50 pm

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    Fraternising with the dinosaurs

    by leigh767 Written Feb 11, 2006

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    Musuem main entrance

    The main attraction is no doubt the wonderfully extensive dinosaur exhibit. Top points for being informative without being too detailed/boring and use of various media to showcase the amazing animals that once ruled this planet.

    Also includes a trunk slice of a 5000 year old (?) tree.

    Other collections are equally extensive so if you want to explore everything, I would advise you to set aside a whole day for it.

    Also take note of the interior of the building for the architecture, built of red terra cotta, is very thoughtfully designed too.

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    Dinosaur City

    by fishandchips Written Feb 9, 2006

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    There are some great exhibits here with a very large dinosaur in one of the first rooms you get to. The T Rex exhibit is great with a mechanical T Rex moving and snarling to the delight of the crowds. There are 14 complete dinosaurs here (per the leaflet) with other areas including Human Biology -- An Exhibition of Ourselves, Our Place in Evolution, Origin of the Species, Creepy Crawlies, and Discovering Mammals. It is well laid out and worth a visit.

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  • Biggest Sperm...

    by Mariajoy Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    ...whale in South Kensington can be found at the Natural History Museum. The queue is humungous but goes down quite quickly when the doors are open 'cos of course this fabulous place is FREE. (Open at 11am on Sundays).

    If you don't mind rug rats then this is a great way to while away a couple of hours on a Sunday. Apart from the exhibits on display... the actual building is just beautiful... remember to LOOK UP!!!

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    Natural History Museum

    by vichatherly Updated Nov 10, 2005

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    An excellent museum full of stuffed animals!

    The first spectacular thing you will notice about the Natural History museum is the building itself. Designed and built especially to house this vast collection.

    The second good thing is that entrance is FREE, and so all the people that complain about London's high prices can take a breather in here.

    I went there last to take a look at a special exhibition that they had on wildlife photographs, all of which were stunning. I would have been hard pushed to pick a winner in the competition.

    Opening times
    Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:50
    Sunday 11:00 - 17:50

    The Museum is open every day except 24-26 December. Last admission is at 17:30.

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    So huge, you might get lost

    by LarsLous Updated Nov 9, 2005

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    You have to visit the National History Museum. It has a big exposition on dinosaurs, a very interesting exhibition about human beings, anatomie etc. and many many more expos, worth visiting. Take enough time with you, when you are going there. The museum is so huge, you might get lost. But it is worth a whole day to be spent in there. There is even a simulation of an earthquake. So, if you ever wondered where you came from and where you are going to, than this is the place to find the answer (maybe!?)

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    Super Dinos!

    by purplekedi Updated Aug 16, 2005

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    Meet the super Dinos at  the NHM

    The Museum Of Natural History is a great place to go with or without kids, as a couple, on your own... Like most London museums, prepare to spend a full day here, and you might still not see everything. Take a map and one of those informative broschures at the entrance and plan your visit. Seriously! When we were there, we ended up having to rush through the 2nd floor and felt sorry for that. We could go back afterwards, ok, but we were living there. So as visitors, do make a plan in your head before starting.

    There is also an open air exhibition called "Earth From Above" based on the bestselling photography book where you have some of these photos massively enlarged.

    The best part is that the entrance is free! I love that about London.

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    A fantastic place to visit.

    by tucha Written Aug 8, 2005

    Why shoud you visit it??
    Because it's free, because it's have something to everybody (home to life and earth science collections comprising some 70 million specimens or items), an even the outside is very beautiful with a ornate terracota façade typical of high Victorian architecture.
    When you enter you see the Central Hall and its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, particularly the large Diplodocus, that for me is the most spectacular thing.
    One advice: you should plan your visit before you enter because there is so much things do see in a few hours and you have to choose the sections you want to see.
    See more in my travelogue.

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    Natural History Museum

    by martin_nl Written Jul 20, 2005

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    Entry into the Earth Galleries

    The Natural History Museum is divided into two sections, the Life Galleries and the Earth Galleries. In the Life Galleries you can find much the same as you would find anywhere else in the world in a museum of natural history. This includes stuffed animals, butterflies, insects, spiders etc. There is also a big section about dinosaurs which is very interesting, but also the most popular part of the museum, so mind the schoolkids!

    More intersting in my opinion were the Earth Galleries. An escalator will take to to the top floor from where you have to walk down all the steps again as you pass the galleries about the earth. Very good exhibits is what will await you. It is much less crowded in this section of the museum, and all the more interesting, so if you have little time to spend skip the Life Galleries and focus on the Earth Galleries.

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    Life gallery - eye opener !

    by kenyneo Updated May 30, 2005

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    me and the bony guy

    If you are wondering whats there in the Life gallery .then be prepared for all these ....those highlighted are not to be missed at all , at all cost

    Central Hall
    Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles
    Marine Invertebrates
    Dinosaurs
    Human Biology
    Mammals
    Mammals and Blue Whale
    Fossil Marine Reptiles
    Fossils from Britain
    Ecology
    Creepy Crawlies
    Birds
    Lasting Impressions
    Our Place in Evolution
    Minerals
    eteorites
    Primates
    Plant Power

    From the age of the dinosaurs to meteorites that have shaped the earth, the Life Galleries will astound you.

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    Earth gallery - journey around the planet.

    by kenyneo Updated May 30, 2005

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    normal under naked eyes, amazing under ultraviolet

    How was earth form ? How did it happened ? Was it an accident ?How did we have what we see today ? These must be some questions that have been with each of us ....answers lie here and the moment you step in the gallery you will be greeted by a few dramatic mythical ( or are they ? ) statues
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    Visions of Earth
    Earth Today and Tomorrow
    From the Beginning
    Earth’s Treasury
    The Power Within
    Restless Surface

    Entry is Free!
    (there is a small charge for special exhibitions)

    Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:50
    Sunday 11:00 - 17:50

    The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but is closed 24-26 December.

    Last admission is at 17:30

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