Natural History Museum, London

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    Natural History Museum

    by sue_stone Updated Jan 14, 2007

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    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.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.50
    Sunday 11.00-17.50
    Last admission is at 17.30

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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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    Dinosaurs - and more

    by toonsarah Written May 10, 2008

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    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.

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    The Natural History Museum - my favourite.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    Every time I go to London, I go visit the Natural History Museum. This museum is such a magical place and there are so many interesting exhibition rooms to choose between (or just go see them all) that you need hours to spend in there. I have even got lost in there - as the Earth Hall is a bit difficult to find. I stumbled upon this awesome Victorian style museum by accident and was amazed at how beautiful this building was so I stepped inside - and have been there many times since.

    There are 2 other museums next to the Natural History Museum - The Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. One can easily spend 2 days here at these fantastic museums.

    Right as you enter the Natural History Museum there is a big skeleton of a dinosaur and a lot of extinct animals. There are showrooms with more dinosaurs on the ground floor, a great selection, with some of them moving, f.ex. a T. Rex, which is moving and roaring.

    Then there is Earth science show at the Earth Hall, which takes you through the "earth" in an escalator. I have added a travelogue here with more photos of the Earth exhibition. It is awesome as well. At the show you will get to experience an earth-quake and get to know all about volcanos.

    Then there is the bird-exhibition room, the insect-exhibition room, Large Mammal´s hall with f.ex. sceletons of whales - and a Darwin Centre of evolution and more and more.

    The Natural History Museum has on display myriad of gems and precious metals. The mineral collections at the museum are so big that I think they merit a special tip - so I decided on adding one ;)

    Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:50 every day. Last admission at 17:30.

    Admission: Free entrance.

    Photos are allowed, with flash.

    The last time I visited they checked everybodys' bag for knives, nothing that can pierce something was allowed.

    Highly recommended.

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    The two mineral sections of the Natural museum.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    I am a crystal and mineral nut and own a lot of semi-precious stones. There are two exhibition rooms at the Natural History museum dedicated to semi-precious and precious stones and minerals.

    The main collection is on the first floor (up the flight of stairs) with a beautiful large exhibition room filled with all kinds of minerals and stones. In that room, amongst myriads of other exhibits, is the largest piece of gold found (see my photo). At the end of the exhibition room is the Vault - on display is f.ex. a privately owned collection of diamonds and some exquisite specimens of minerals.

    There is another exhibition room, a gallery, with semi-precious and very precious gemstones, rocks and minerals, which is a part of the Earth Gallery show, called Earth's Treasures. Amongst extraordinary gems there is the world's largest modern-cut flawless diamond (see my photo).

    I am such a fan of these stones that I could spend a whole day just in these two exhibition rooms.

    There are a lot of various stones for sale in the museum store, but they are overly priced, you can get most of them for 49 pence in Camden Town, I buy them there.

    I add a travelogue here with more photos of these beautiful stones.

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    Jurassic Park

    by carlrea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    a great day out!!

    We went to the Natural History Museum whilst in London but unfortunately due to time contraints our visit was a little rushed.

    When you come here i would strongly advise that you give yourself at least 2 hours minimum to take in the full benefit of what the museum has to offer a visitor and if possible take more time.

    The building itself is an artictectural wonder and that is before you sample the delights that inside the walls of this fabulous museum.

    Kids were overawed by the dinosaurs and the animatronics that were on display. I was sure the wide eyed kids thought they were real - a credit to the people involved who put this display on.

    A must if your in London.

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  • Squids in...

    by Mariajoy Written Dec 10, 2004

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    enormous tentacles!

    the marine department of the Nat. Hist. Mus. Unfortunately I just missed a bit of it's tentacles in this photo.

    What you can't hear here is the gentle swooshing noises all around you.... I suddenly realised that I was no longer in central London ..but down on the coast. It's just that dolphin song is not often heard in Sussex waters...so I wasn't fooled for too long.

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    Natural History Museum

    by novsco61 Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    Natural History Museum is a must see for everybody who is interested in nature and who wants to know more about human development. The museum is very large so be aware that you'll need at least 4 hours to go thru all the galleries. The building itself is beautiful with vitrages and interesting sculptures.

    The galleries are divided into :

    - The Life Galleries
    - The Earth Galleries
    - The Darwin Centre
    - The Wildlife Garden

    There is also a shop, where you can left a lot of money if child insist on buying .
    My daughter was most impressed by Dinosaurs and the simulation of Japan earthquake.

    Opening times :

    Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.50
    Sunday 11.00-17.50
    Last admission is at 17.30

    Entry is free

    Don't forget to take the Floor Plan at the entrance.

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  • Dinosaurs and Fossils

    by CoAir13 Written Apr 20, 2004

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    What child doesn't love dinosaurs? This is an excellent museum full of wonderful exhibits! Hands on learning......Solar System, Earth, Fossils, Insects, Mammals, Birds, Biodiversity, Charles Darwin, etc. One of the best History Museums in the world!
    Mon. - Sat. 10 am-5:50 pm
    Sun. 11 am - 5 pm
    admission is FREE
    special exhibits - 3.50 and 2.50 GBP

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    Natural History Museum

    by easyoar Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    The Entrance to the Natural History Museum

    If you visit the Natural History Museum, it is well worth stopping and admiring the building itself before you dash inside.

    The building has been compared to being more like a cathedral than a museum. It dates back to 1881 and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse using an iron and steel framework which was then hidden using arches and colums. The columns have been decorated with sculptures related to Natural History, so contain things like Plants and Animals.

    A very good thing about the Museum is that it is free to enter although they do ask for a voluntary donation.

    See the website for opening times.

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    Natural History Museum

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 5, 2004

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    Inside the Natural History Museum

    The Natural history musuem is located in South Kensington, if you visit in the morning it is possible to combine the trip with the Science Museum.

    There is no entry fee, but if you would like to see any of the exibitions then they charge for them.

    Its a fab hand on musuem, with a brilliant Dinosaur section and a really interesting Human Biology section.

    The museum is split into life and earth galleries, and also the darwin centre.

    The building itself is also very impressive, with beautiful gardens and a magnificent staircase.......when my piccies are developed I will post them on this page......its a beautiful building.

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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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    Meet Dino

    by Manara Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    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.

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    Natural History Museum

    by biggeorge Written Dec 9, 2003

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    A Dinosaur

    Went here recently for the first time since i was a kid, was dissapointed to find that the blue whale was actually plastic , i thought they'd stuffed one.

    The dinosaur skeletons are cool and there was an exhibition on meteorites but some of the exhibits are showing their age and some don't work anymore.

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    Learn History the Interesting way

    by Cham Written Aug 17, 2006

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    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!

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