Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London (must see)

The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology, and Zoology.

The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of its collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Access to the library is by appointment only.

The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, and ornate architecture — sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature — both exemplified by the large Diplodocus cast which dominates the vaulted central hall. Originating from collections within the British Museum, the landmark Alfred Waterhouse building was constructed and opened by 1881, and later incorporated the Geological Museum. The Darwin Centre is a more recent addition, partly designed as a modern facility for storing the valuable collections. Like other publicly funded national museums in the United Kingdom, the Natural History Museum does not levy an admission charge.

Why You Should Visit:
Huge space; interesting for adults as well as teens.
And, like the majority of London's museums, absolutely free to visit.

Tip:
There are two entrances: the Cromwell Rd one is the main one and usually very crowded, but walk around the corner to the Victoria and Albert Museum side and you will walk straight in.
Once you're in, you can take a free behind-the-scenes tour which lasts about 45min. Numbers are limited; you need to book at the information desk in the Central Hall.
Wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking to be done.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5:50pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Natural History Museum on Map

Sight Name: Natural History Museum
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Kensington/Knightsbridge Walk

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