Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Natural History Museum

9/10 from 3 user reviews
Address:Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Map:See Natural History Museum on a map
Nearest Station:South Kensington
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Natural History Museum, exterior picture

About: The Natural History Museum collection dates from the middle of the eighteenth century, originally housed in Bloomsbury. The collection was started by Premier London Physician Dr. Hans Sloane. Sloane’s collection included animal and human skeletons; snake skins a huge variety of plant and many artefacts from across the globe. Dr. Sloane’s Will asked for the collection not to become separated and stipulated that the collection should reside in London where it would be seen by the maximum concentration of people. The Crown bought his collection and over the next one hundred years explorers, doctor and physicians added to the collection, including a collection of herbs collected by Joseph Banks during his travels with Captain Cook aboard the ‘Endeavour’.
In 1856 Professor Richard Owen, the country’s most acclaimed Palaeontologist, took charge of the collection and successfully campaigned to have the growing collection moved to larger premises. Parliament bought land in South Kensington soon after to build the proposed museum.
In 1864 a competition was held to design the new museum, using Owens’s propositions as a guideline. The winning design came from Captain Francis Fowke, the designer of the Exhibition Centre. Fowke then died suddenly and Alfred Waterhouse was elected to continue his plans. After seven years the building was completed in 1880.
The Museum is a spectacular Victorian-style Italian Renaissance building- described as a 'Cathedral of Science' and was the combined vision of three extraordinary men. The exterior of the building is adorned with stone animals and plant, symbolizing the significance of the interior exhibits.
The Natural History Museum is now one of the most visited museums in the country and contains an unrivalled collection of exhibits.
The Central hall boasts a magnificent 'Diplodocus' skeleton. Exhibits include Dinosaurs, Human Biology, Ecology, British Natural History, Discovering mammals, Reptiles and Fish, marine invertebrates and ‘Creepy Crawlies’. Admission to the Natural History Museum is free.


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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014
Time: Daily: 10.00-17.50
Admission: See official website
Location: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London


The Latest User Reviews of Natural History Museum

User Rating: 9 / 10
Jonathan Roger, London
Added: Aug 2013
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I love coming here - it doesn't matter if you're a tourist or a resident - they seem to change the exhibitions so frequently that there's always something new to see. And the main part of the museum is free! Incredible!

User Rating: 9 / 10
Paul, West Midlands
Added: Jan 2013
All In London User Recommended Business
I love the Natural History Museum - it's a fantastic building full of fantastic things. If you love nature and science this is a great place to visit - and it's free!

I went recently to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. It was busy and you had to buy time slots - but the exhibition was great!

Name: Paul
Location: West Midlands

User Rating: 10 / 10
Member since: Nov 2010
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One of the best places to be in London. The building looks wonderful from the outside and it hides many secrets. When you come in you are face to face with a huge skeleton of an animal from long ago. The most populair by kids are the dinosaurs. Some really move and the most impressive is the T-Rex. A must see for children, but young ones might be scared of the noises and the big animals. Another impressive thing is the part of a Seqoia Tree. It is huge and has a tale to tell. If you want to visit this museum be on time as the cues can get long, because of the security checks, but also because the gates are still closed.

Member since: Apr 2004
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A great place for all ages, a national institution in every sense of the phrase. The building itself makes it worth a visit. Ideal for rainy days and educational for all. Watch out for the annual wildlife photography exhibition which is just fantastic.

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Member since: Jun 2004
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Very good museum, I spent hours walking around it. Especially like the Diplodocus in the main hallway, very impressive!

If you're in the area it's definately worth a visit.

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