Just a kilometre away from the world famous Harrod’s Store and just outside of South Kensington Tube Station is the Natural History Museum. Famed for its towering dinosaur skeletons, interactive gameplay exhibits and exciting models that frame the real life animals that once walked the earth, the Natural History Museum is a haven for science geeks. The Natural History Museum is a free entry museum (except for selected exhibitions) that fills interest for both children and adults alike and is a location in London perfect for families to spend the day enjoying.
Stand tall like a Diplodocus!
As you reach the entrance, an architect’s idea of beauty with intricate and distinctive red bricks, you meet the iconic diplodocus skeleton that dominates the main hall. West of the museum entrance you can begin the dinosaur lesson, the most popular and known of the attractions and displays at this museum.
As you’re guided through the different kinds of dinosaurs that ruled the world over 65 million years ago, you’re able to learn about their methods of survival and their evolution. On the same side of the museum is the ability to learn about the human body by playing games to figure out the answer to the most complicated questions about humans. This is also a great section for the kids.
Walking with beasts
To the east of the museum is a vast collection of animals from all walks of life, from the extinct to the newly discovered to the water-based to the land-based to the cold-blooded and the warm-blooded. Another iconic area of this section is the blue whale built to scale that amazes almost every single visitor as they walk through. There are also various interactive games in this area, like weighing yourself and comparing yourself to that of a polar bear!
Marvel at the creepy crawlies
The museum doesn’t stop there, as on the next floor there are many insect exhibitions and even the chance to see some of the exclusive exhibitions that are shown throughout the year, depending on what time of the year you visit. The kids will love this section, as it’s filled with many play areas and places where they can unwind. There are also crayons and pictures for interactive learning about insects and other species.
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The explorer’s history lesson
Following the tour of the spiders and creatures that may make your skin crawl, you shall reach the “Images of Nature”, which is filled with historic maps, paintings and images made by scientists and photographers of the past. This also comes as a free history lesson as you come face to face with the famous dodo painting and William Smith’s fossil collection as well as his version of the geological map.
The gift shop is also located closeby with a treasure trove of plushies, goodies and souvenirs to take home for friends and family. Near the gift shop is a café should you need any refreshments; from red velvet cake to cappuccinos to fancy juices.
Learn about every creature imaginable at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is a perfect place for families to gain a huge amount of knowledge and fun in a free-entry museum. The Natural History Museum is located 5 minutes away from South Kensington Tube Station and a 15 minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station and Harrod’s, among the illustrious upmarket shops around this area including Tommy Hilfiger and the Harvey Nichol’s department store.
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