Natural History Museum (London) – Treasure trove of the natural world

The Museum that not only showcases the natural phenomena of the world with interactive exhibitions but also highlights them with historical value would be the Natural History Museum in London.

The entertaining yet the informative style of the Museum is breathtaking and urges anyone to venture further into the museum’s treasure-trove.

This museum being the jackpot for knowledge lovers around the globe. It is recognised as the pre-eminent centre for natural history and research, specialising in taxonomy, identification, and conservation.

It is home to samples of life and earth science including some 80 million items in its five main collections namely botany, entomology mineralogy, palaeontology, and finally zoology.

Given the age of the organisation, many of the collections have impressive historical as well as scientific significance, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

Natural History Museum is especially famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and its ornate architecture—sometimes dubbed as a cathedral of nature. These demonstrated by the large Diplodocus cast dominates the vaulted central hall.

The library of Natural History Museum encompasses extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections related to the research of the scientific departments.

The museum has four major zones namely Orange, Blue, Green and Red and these colours are reflected in the aesthetics of the sections.

Some temporary exhibitions pop up every now and then venturing into different fields of science. These exhibitions prove to be very popular time and time again.

Unique artefacts fill the rooms already filled with fellow explorers.

The Museum never ceases to inspire all those who enter it.

 

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  • The Museum never ceases to inspire all those who enter it
  • The jackpot for knowledge lovers
  • Famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons
  • Showcases the natural phenomena of the world
  • Informative style of the Museum is breathtaking

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Museum

Transport from central London

The closest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is roughly five minutes walk from the Museum. Closest bus routes are 70, 345 and 360.

 

Car Park

Parking facilities on-site and around the museum are extremely limited. 

Address 

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

 

Phone no. +44 (0)20 7942 5000

 

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Opening Times

The Natural History Museum London opening hours is daily from 10:00 am to 05:50 pm with the last entry being 05:30 pm.

It is closed on the 24th, 25th and the 26th of December.                                                 

 

Admission

The admission is free for Natural history museum in London. Museum map can be downloaded, or you can buy at the museum for £1.

Although there is a cost for some impermanent exhibitions and events, but members go free.

Age group

This attraction is intriguing for all ages because of its interactive nature and has numerous things for every visitor regardless of their age.

 

Activities

The Museum is always on its toes to offer enjoyable science events ranging from seminars to exhibitions.

For school kids, there is always some workshops, science shows or self-led activities. 

Visit duration

The average visit duration to this attraction is 4-5 hours. However, you will not get through all of it.

 

Best time to visit

Any day is best for this attraction as it is indoors. It is a great day out when the weather is gloomy, rainy and you are struck by boredom

Food and Drink

There is one main restaurant and several cafes which serve a variety of delicious food for everyone to enjoy. At the restaurant, there is special kids menu and microwaves to warm baby food.

 

Services & Retail

Toilets and accessible toilets are are available throughout the museum.  

There are some shops to sell museum souvenirs and jewellery, out of these the most famous one is the dinosaur store where you get everything dino.

Don’t miss the cool wildlife and natural prints shop.

There is a cloakroom available where you can leave coats and luggage located in Hintze Hall which is next to the Museum Shop and by the Exhibition Road entrance.

Museum Members and children aged three and under can leave items for free. Otherwise, luggage is charged according to weight.

Nearby sites

Sites close by to the natural history museum include the Science museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albert Hall, Harrods, the London Oratory and various others. 

 

Things to note & safety tips:

  • It is mind blowing to explore everything in one go. You can only cover the highlights and the areas you are interested in.
  • Admittance to the library is strictly by appointment.
  • The museum is going through a major renovation and will be completed by 2020, causing temporary inconvenience.
  • Great entertainment for a wet day, it will take several hours of your day.
  • You might find queues formed in various places, sometimes even at the entrance

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