Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Education, History, Nature / wildlife
Expert review of Natural History Museum
Opened in 1881, this palatial museum is devoted to informing us about the natural world and the science behind it. Spread over five levels that are divided into four colour-coded zones, it's a lively if at times chaotic space. One of my favourite galleries is 'Fossil Marine Reptiles' (Green, Ground Floor), where the walls are filled with the skeletons of extraordinary creatures that were splashing around the planet 180 million years ago. There's many more amazing old bones to marvel at in the Central Hall, and it's worth finding your way to the new 'Images of Nature' gallery (Blue, Ground Floor) where prints and artworks inspired by nature are showcased. Often quieter, the futuristic Cocoon (Darwin Centre) offers a 45-minute interactive self-guided tour where you can admire and investigate some of the 20 million specimens housed inside.
Admission is free, charges apply to some special exhibitions. Maps cost £1 or print one out from the website.
More information on Natural History Museum:
- Price guide:
- Art gallery, Museum, Park / garden
- Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
- 020 7942 5000
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 10am-5.50pm.