When visiting London’s South Kensington, the Natural History Museum is one of the must-sees in Exhibition Road, alongside the Victoria & Albert Hall Museum and the Science Museum.
70 million items await in this magnificent building created by Francis Fowke in 1881; divided in five collections which show the best of entomology, mineralogy, zoology, botany and paleontology. Plus, as most of London’s public museums, entrance is totally free.
As the museum’s foundation dates back to the seventeenth century, a lot of the items in the museum have historical value such as Charles Darwin’s collection or founder of the museum Hans Sloane’s collection.
In order not to get lost, there are some unmissable pieces that you should admire when visiting the Natural History Museum.
To start with, the magnificent Diplodocus skeleton in the central hall is probably the museum’s most know icons. It is affectionately known as Dippy and is 105 feet (32 meters) long.
We can also head for the Charles Darwin collection, where we can see one of science’s most famous personalities’ collections, featuring Archie, a giant squid which is more than eight meters long.
Next to Dippy we’ll also find the skeleton and model of a 10 ton blue whale.
Every last Friday of the month you’ll get the chance to visit the museum in the dark and tour the galleries with a special guide to enjoy the exhibitions in a different way and still enjoy a meal in their restaurant or meet new people. Plus, depending on the day we can find cool events happening at night such as murder mysteries and sleepovers for children.
Located in South Kensington, more specifically on Cromwell Road; and we can get to the Natural History Museum by:
Tube: District, Piccadilly and Circle lines, South Kensington station.
Bus: Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1.
The Natural History Museum is open all year round except from the 24th to the 26 December.
Opening hours are from 10.00 to 17:50, last admission being at 17.30.
For more information please go to the Natural History Museum website
Hope this information was useful to you and that you enjoy your visit to the Natural Museum of London!