The Natural History Museum in London is a museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum's main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road.
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is a centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. 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 that dominated the vaulted central hall before it was replaced in 2017 with the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling. 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 recognised as the pre-eminent centre of natural history and research of related fields in the world.
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Atul Shirodkar | Feb 16, 2018
One of the best places to visit at least once in a lifetime. At the entrance only you will see a huge dinosaur skeleton similar to what they have shown in the Jurassic Park movie The place has all historic data. The old skeleton of animals and plant remains just pull your attention towards them. The place is huge and has all sort of facilities starting from washroom cafeteria etc. The place is wheel chair friendly. It's free of cost and can easily be reachable by the tube train
Joanna Macdonald | Mar 2, 2018
It never ceases to amaze me how they are able to open such an amazing exhibit and gallery to the public without charging entrance fees. This is a fantastic museum where you could absolutely spend days if you wanted to. I could not recommend it enough. They continually improve their displays and exhibits and have a vast collection of fossils to amaze. Can’t wait to go back!
Matthew Bulat | Feb 18, 2018
Natural History Museum is an amazing place to visit. At the entrance you will find huge skeleton of whale, and it doesn't stop there! The amount of things on display is staggering, I went there at 12 and by 5pm I haven't even seen half of what's available. There is a huge display of precious gems, diamond's and everything related to extracting resources from earth. There is a whole display dedicated to mammals, birds. Their dinosaurs display is legendary which even includes a robotic dinosaur! If you are in London make sure you visit this museum, also to see everything make sure you secure 2 days, 3 if you want to look at everything properly. The entrance is free they will ask you if you would like to make donations I highly recommend you do as the job they do is amazing! The museum is located near to South Kensington tube station, and there are number of bus stops around the place. There might be a short wait outside and you might have to have your bag search, but for free access to such a huge resource of information that's a small price to pay.
Nickie Deepak | Dec 23, 2017
I always love visiting this place whenever I’m nearby. It’s great fun for young and old. Love the introduction of the Blue Whale to the main hall. It’s well lit which makes for some decent photos (even on a mobile). Well worth a trip if you haven’t been! And like nearly all British museums it’s free entry (although they do have places where you can make a donation - suggested amount is £5).
Nicòle Catherine | Feb 26, 2018
Really brilliant thing to do in London. Would recommend this be on your list, especially with children as there's a lot that gets you involved and a lot to see. A lot of science and really helpful information about our bodies. The architecture of the building is stunning too, couldn't help but take a lot of pictures especially outside and in the hall.
take 9 | Mar 28, 2018
Great exhibitions and a fun learning environment. A must for kids who will love the experience of seeing the dinosaurs and other animals. Free entry is another plus point but they actively sell the idea of donating on entry. I recommend donating on exit after your visit when you have a better idea of what you feel your visit was worth. Unfortunately during my visit several lifts were out of order making access to some sections impossible for those with disabilities or small children.
Piotr Drozd | Mar 15, 2018
The dinosaur exhibition is a nice addition to the overall experience. The moving T-Rex is bound to impress the kids. The only downside is that the passages are quite narrow and on a busy weekend it is a bit of a squash - not ideal if you are visiting with small children but doable. Kids will also love the earthquake simulation on the top floor and the insects section which is more interactive and hands on.
Tr0lm | Mar 30, 2018
Truly an amazing experience. There are just so many things to look at. It offers an experience for all ages on a broad variety of subjects. The collection of rocks, gemstones, minerals, etc. is just astonishing. Overall a really great place to visit when you go to London and the best part is, its free(apart from the separate exhibition "venom", going here is completely optional and the entry fee is only about £10 which is manageable)!
Anne N | Mar 14, 2018
This museum is amazing! The building itself is an architectural marvel and very, very large. Worth a visit if only to view the many collections of humongous skeletons of blue whale and various dinosaurs. There are many exhibits and if you want to take a close look at them all it would easily take more than half a day. The museum looks to be currently expanding and there'll be even more exhibits added so you'll never run out of things to see. Great place to bring your kids too, however on certain days the museum likewise is overrun with schoolchildren in certain sections. Quiet sections would be The Vault displaying gems and minerals, the Darwin Centre, etc.
Khairil Ismail | Apr 11, 2018
Great museum. If you are really into it... this and several other museums around here can take up to several days to explore fully. Pity I did not have so much time. Huge bonus... the place is free together with the other adjoining and nearby museums. Hope it stays that way... until I am able to come again.
Mike Going | Apr 27, 2018
I returned here today with my family after 17 years since my last visit and little seems to have changed. The dinosaur and animals exhibit are all the same. Anything new was not free. I agree with many of the reviews uploaded here that this museum is in dire need of an update. Having said that, it is free, and the breadth of exhibits is massive, albeit they are presented poorly. Sadly most of the interactive activities didn't work and there were even some facts presented that have been surpassed by later knowledge. Lastly, we had lunch at the T-Rex Grill. The burgers and desserts were wonderful, but the waiting time for service was terrible. The staff were having a stressful time with unruly school groups, but 90 mins for a meal & desserts when we all want to be looking at the museum is bad service. There's potential here for a world class museum to be returned to former glory, but not today.
Ulimmeh-Hannibal Ezekiel | Apr 29, 2018
I absolutely love this museum. My little boy (five years old) really loves going here and is obsessed with dinosaurs. So taking him here is always a treat. I cannot fault this museum, it's free after all. I tend to prefer this to the Science museum. But honestly both are great and very educational for both kids and grown ups.
Bev Shaw | May 24, 2018
One of my favourite places to visit, I've been many times in my lifetime and visited again a few weeks ago for my birthday with my boyfriend. Truly an awe inspiring place, if you can it is best to come at off peak times to avoid the crowds. First thing is if you are visiting between April and mid September I'd recommend the butterfly walk just outside the front of the museum, it's only £6.50 for an adult, they do have family ticket options, and it's so amazing, filled with butterflies and plenty of space to enjoy them. We even saw multiple pairs mating or laying eggs this time. The red zone with all the rocks, minerals and science behind it is so fascinating and I feel every time I go I learn something new. The earthquake simulator is fantastic too! The collection of stuffed animals is also great with beautiful specimens, especially the hummingbird cabinet.
Nick Townsend | May 26, 2018
One of the worlds greatest natural history museums. The building itself is beautiful, the painted ceilings and tile work are amazing. The items on display are mostly shown well and have ample information. The scope of items on display is amazing. My favourite part of the museum is the geology section which I think still has that Victorian feel to it and is usually very quit and tranquil. Get there early if you want to visit any of the newer interactive displays/exhibits like the Earth section, before screaming hoards of school children get there.
Arpitha A.C. | May 8, 2018
Awesome experience here! This museum attracts all age groups. Concepts are explained so well with practical examples and interactive methods 😊 We should go through the map and visit only the places of our interest. Because the whole museum is so interesting that we get lost in thoughts seeing everything and finally realize that we have no more energy left to see other rooms. I took 5hours to see the places of my interest. There was lot more to see but I had no energy left 😄
Akash Kamat | May 13, 2018
An awesome place to visit for people of all ages. The dinosaur area is great with all the moving structures replicating dinosaur movements and is a favourite among children. Other places are great too like the natural rocks and specially the vault with all the gemstones and all. The mathematics zone is great with instruments and the area filled with watches, clocks and other time pieces is a treat for horologists. A must-visit museum for anyone visiting London.
Maya | May 23, 2018
Beautiful building with great displays: the blue whale skeleton is awe inspiring. Their collection of stuffed animals is amazing. There is also a room with pickled things in jars! The Sensational Butterflies pavilion is open on the Museum's east lawn until 16 September 2018. Go see the butterflies first, you can skip the queue for the main museum with your ticket!
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