Natural History Museum, London
The Natural History Museum is a magnificent museum in London, explaining the history of our natural world. It is one of three major museums situated along Exhibition Road in South Kensington with the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. However, the Natural History Museum's main frontage is on Cromwell Road. Entry to the museum is free.
The Natural History Museum is in a large Gothic building constructed in 1873 and completed in 1880. The building’s facades are in the Romanesque style and comprises of an east and west wing with a central axis. The museum comprises of five areas of collection namely botany, zoology, entomology, mineralogy and palaeontology. Many of the exhibits not only have scientific value but also historical value such as collections by Charles Darwin, the famous 19th century naturalist and geologist.
Natural History Museum by Ron Clausen
The Natural History Museum opened in 1881 and home to a vast and fascinating collection of exhibits from various segments of natural history. The museum comprises of four colour zones including the Blue Zone, Green Zone, Red Zone and Orange Zone. Within each zone are several themed galleries such as the Dinosaurs, Human Biology and Marine Invertebrates galleries in the Blue Zone.
The Blue Zone
The Blue Zone is the most popular zone at the Natural History Museum, exploring the diversity of life on our planet ranging from the smallest invertebrates to the monster size dinosaurs that once ruled Earth. If you have limited time to explore the museum, then visit the Blue Zone. Themed galleries include the Dinosaurs, Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles, Human Biology, Images of Nature, Mammals and Marine Invertebrates galleries. The most popular attractions here are the animatronics dinosaurs including the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The Green Zone
The Green Zone covers a broad range of subjects with exhibits that include minerals, gems, rocks, insect specimens, fossils and birds. The exhibits are in various themed galleries including the Hintze Hall, Creepy Crawlies, Fossil Marine Reptiles, Fossils from Britain, Investigate, Birds, Minerals, Treasures and The Vault. The Hintze Hall is a favourite at the Green Zone with exhibits that include the skeletons of a 25-metre (82 feet) blue whale, mastodon from the Ice Age and the most complete dinosaur fossil (Mantellisaurus) ever found in the UK.
Skeleton of a blue whale by Joyofmuseums
The Red Zone
The Red Zone is about the various forces that shape the geology of our planet including earthquakes, volcanoes and the weather. Exhibits include minerals, gemstones and rocks as well as video screenings, interactive games and a popular earthquake simulator. The zone also traces the history of evolution including the early sea creatures, dinosaurs, mammals and the human species. Themed galleries include Earth Hall and Stegosaurus, Human Evolution, From the Beginning, Earth's Treasury, Lasting Impressions, Restless Surface and Volcanoes and Earthquakes.
The Orange Zone
The Orange Zone comprises of only two themed galleries that include the Darwin Centre and Wildlife Garden. The Darwin Centre is both a research facility and exhibition space dedicated to biodiversity and effects of climate change. It is in a giant eight-floor white ‘cocoon’ and visitors can explore the top two floors viewing exhibits of various plant and zoological specimens depicting biodiversity. Research facilities, storage spaces and learning areas occupy other floors in the 'cocoon’. The Wildlife Garden is located outdoors (open daily from early April to early November) and home to a diversity of British flora and fauna.
Visiting the Natural History Museum
Admission to the Natural History Museum is free. The museum opens daily (closes on 24th and 25th December) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. The museum comprises of four zones and each zone takes 1-2 hours to complete. The nearest London Underground station is South Kensington Station (serving the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) and about 5 minutes walk from the museum. Slightly further is Gloucester Road Station (serving the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) and about 15 minutes walk from the museum.
Natural History Museum on the Map
Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK
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