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Natural History Museum
A great place to take the whole family to see the famous dinosaur skeletons.
Natural History Museum London
The Natural History Museum is the UK’s national museum of natural history, and a centre of excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity. It is an interesting outing for people of all ages, but for small children fascinated by dinosaurs it is wonderful. The skeletons on display are awesome in size, and there are some excellent models of a great range of dinosaurs. Watch out for the moving, roaring Tyrannosaurus with his bloody prey at his feet!
If you have time after the comprehensive exhibition of dinosaurs the Natural History Museum has a lot more to offer. The life galleries cover insects, ecology, human biology, mammals, primates, minerals and origin of species. In the human biology they have a “womb” experience where you learn about the noises, and sensations a developing baby experiences in the womb. The Earth Galleries cover ancient and future Earth, treasures, changing landscapes and “the earthquake experience”.
How the Natural History Museum Began
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington began its life as the Natural History section of the British Museum, featuring the collections of London physician and collector Sir Hans Sloane, who wished his collection to remain together to benefit as many people as possible after his death. Following a competition to choose the architect of the new building, Captain Robert Fowke drew up the original designs, seeing the museum as a cathedral of science, hence its church-like appearance.
When he died in 1865, his work was continued by Alfred Waterhouse, who was responsible for the elaborate Romanesque carvings of animals and plants throughout the building. The Natural History Museum moved into its new home in 1883, since which time it has considerably increased the size of its collections, perhaps most famously to include the dinosaur gallery, where visitors can see huge dinosaur skeletons and even an animated T-Rex.
The Earth Galleries explore the effects human life has on the planet around us and how scientists harness the resources we use in our everyday lives, as well as featuring displays of minerals and gemstones and an earthquake simulator. The Life Galleries allow visitors to explore human biology, Darwin's theory of natural selection and to see an enormous life-size model of a blue whale. There are also regular exhibitions, and outside the building, the wildlife garden provides an opportunity to discover British wildlife in the heart of London.
The Natural History Museum is located in Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK Transportation: Air: London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London Luton Airport. Rail:
Train: London Paddington Station, London Victoria Station or London Waterloo Station. Underground: South Kensington (Circle, District or Piccadilly lines). Road: Bus: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345 or C1. Coach: Victoria Coach Station. Car: M1 (from Leeds); A1 (M) (from Newcastle or Edinburgh); M4 (from Bristol, Reading or South Wales); M3 (from Southampton).
The Natural History Museum is free of charge, except for entrance to special exhibitions which are individually priced. It is not far from the Georgian House Hotel, and an easy journey by underground to South Kensington tube station. From there it is less than a five minute walk.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1750, Sun 1100-1750.
Admission Fees: £9 (adult), free (child under 16), free Mon-Fri after 1630 and Sat, Sun and public holidays after 1700. Last admission 1730.
Concessions available are also available at the Natural History Museum.
For more information visit www.nhm.ac.uk
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to the Natural History Museum? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438