- Location: In Exhibition Road, South Kensington in London
- Attraction Type: Museum.
- Significance: Has a collection of more than 70 million items
- Best Time to visit: May to September
- Visiting Hours: From 10 am to 5:50 pm with last entry at 5:30 pm
- How to Reach: By London metro to South Kensington
- Nearest International Airport: Heathrow, Gatwick
Natural History Museum, London is a spellbinding experience for all visitors. Here you get the opportunity to witness the evolution of species from their earliest life forms. Its collection of specimens of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, insects, and plants is astounding. Pictures of dinosaurs and their fossil remains are unrivaled. The collection of magnified views of specimens and pictures of travel photographs taken by scientists from around the globe is incredible. This Museum also has an enviable collection of watercolor representing Captain James Cook’s voyages. London Natural History Museum gives you the unique and rare scope of studying myriads of life forms in one place.
Established in 1881, this London museum has collections categorized into Zoological, Botanical, Entomological, Paleontological and Mineral sections. This internationally acclaimed institute of identification, research, and conservation of species, in addition to maintaining a museum, also has an elaborate library containing manuscripts, artwork collections, journals, and books. This museum is also a majestic representation of high Victorian architecture featured by an ornate faí§ade made of terracotta tiles. It is interesting to note that the central axis of the London Natural History Museum is in alignment with those of Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall, forming what colloquially is termed ‘Albetopolis’.
The Darwin Center
The Darwin Center expected to open in autumn of 2009 would be a thrilling experience for visitors and scientists. Set up in the most sophisticated way, its collections would be of immense significance to scientists. The entrance to this Darwin Center in the shape of an eight-story cocoon is a fabulous atrium. Many of the displays at this center are hands-on where you would get to explore them closely. You would also have the rare chance of interacting with real scientists doing research on the species on display.
Exhibits of Natural History Museum
The most famous display in this museum is the ‘Dippy’, a 105-foot skeleton of dinosaur species diplodocus carnegii. Another noteworthy collection is the skeleton of a 25-meter blue whale weighing 10 tons. The remains and bones of River Thames whale is another significant collection of this museum. The other exhibits in the museum are divided into the Red Zone, Blue Zone, Green Zone, and Orange Zone. The Red Zone Gallery contains display from the earth’s surface, while the Green Zone has a collection of mineral forms, bird and reptile fossils, and primates. In the Blue Zone, you get to see remains of mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, marine invertebrates and humans.
Staying in London
You could select your place of putting up in London as per your requirement and budget. In the super deluxe category you could choose from Claridge’s, Convent Garden Hotel, St. Martin’s Lane, The Milestone, the Ritz, and the Soho Hotel. Among the luxury accommodations, you might make a selection among The Zetter, The Rockwell, The Draycott Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, and Dorset Square Hotel.