Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in London is home to 80 million assorted specimens representing billions of years of the Earth’s existence. Hence, its dedication to tell the Earth's story for everyone to learn and appreciate. Each year, 500,000 items are added to its inventory. Hence, it is a never ending story.
The collection draws in over five million visitors every year. It is not surprising. Where else can you see a life-sized cast of a 91-foot long blue whale hanging above your head? But your visit to the Natural History Museum goes beyond what you see inside it. In fact, visitors can also get to experience what it is like to be caught in an earthquake. Rest assured it is only a simulation. So, no one gets hurt.
Perhaps, the dinosaurs such as the Iguanodon and the Hypsilophodon to name a few are the coolest part of the collection. The Darwin Center in honor of English naturalist, biologist, and geologist Charles Darwin is the latest addition to the museum. Inside its eight-story building, you will meet Archie, the giant squid.
If you want to avoid the crowds, late at night and after museum hour visits are also available. However, do not expect the exhibits to come alive like in the movies. Even so, it is a remarkable experience you will remember forever. The sleepovers are open to kids aged 8 and up. The young at heart grownups who want to dinosaur with a Tyrannosaurus Rex can do so too.
In addition to its impressive array of exhibits, the establishment holds the distinction of being a leading research center for science. Hence, studying the natural world is only part of its function. The museum also aims to challenge people’s attitude towards the world they live in. Thus, foster a better understanding of how humanity’s actions can affect their environment.
Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Entry is free. There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions.
Open every day 10.00-17.50
Last entry 17.30
Closed 24-26 December
Gloucester Station, South Kensington