So we know by now that I love museums and thankfully, I got to live in the city with the most museums worldwide. The Natural History Museum is just one of the many in Kensington and the building itself is worth a visit as you can see from the photo below. Time Out lists it as the third top museum in the English capital.
Like many others, the Natural History Museum is free to enter. It boasts an impressive collection of dinosaur bones and countless natural artefacts, in fact over 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years. One of my favourite sections is ‘Earth’s Treasury’, displaying a collection of rocks, precious metals and gems. A word of caution, the lines for the dinosaur exhibit get very long very quickly, so try and arrive early if you don’t want to spend most of your visit queuing in the main hall, albeit in the safe company of an enormous Diplodocus skeleton.
There is much to the museum that is not open to visitors as it also acts as a research institution. Over 350 scientists work there, publishing over 700 papers per year. It is host to many conferences and seminars, in addition to holding short academic courses.
In addition to its standard displays, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions such as its Bauer Brothers art exhibition, open until February 26, 2017. It is also hosting David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive on certain days at select times. I generally recommend visiting on a school day as the museum is popular with families and can get a little busy outside of study hours.
Don’t forget that in winter, the museum opens its very own ice rink out front which is simply magical to skate on after dark. This season you can practice your axels from October 27 to January 8. And for the very first time, celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Museum.
I personally think the British Museum is also well worth a visit if doing a museum crawl in London. What are your favourite things to do when in town? Let me know in the comments section below!