The Natural History Museum

natural-history-museum natural-history-museum-main-hall natural-history-museum-fossils natural-history-museum-blue-whale natural-history-museum-dippy-blue-whale natural-history-museum-dinosaur natural-history-museum-ice-rink natural-history-museum-carousel-night natural-history-museum-ice-skatingThere’s something so special about a visit to The Natural History Museum; its one of those places that never fails to amaze and inspire us no matter how many times we’ve visited. In fact there are so many things to see in this magnificent old museum that you can guarantee no two trips will be the same. I especially love to see how my kid’s appetites for different displays change over time and how their questions evolve and become more thoughtful as they get older.

This past weekend we made the most of a lovely crisp autumn day and made our way over to busy South Kensington. By the time we arrived the queue was already running the entire length of the building but here’s a handy tip – the side entrance on Exhibition Road often has a much shorter queue than the main entrance on Cromwell Road. We tried this shortcut and were inside in under 10 minutes.

As usual we headed straight for our favourite – Blue Zone, home to the Dinosaur and Mammal sections. Stepping through into the majestic Hintze Hall beneath the great towering Diplodocus always has us ooh-ing and ahh-ing in unison! If you’ve never seen ‘Dippy’ as he is affectionately known, get down there quick! By summer 2017 there are plans to replace the famous long neck giant with an enormous Blue Whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

After braving the roaring mechanical T-rex and touring the mammal galleries, my daughter was really keen to visit the Human Biology section. We’d not spent much time exploring this section on previous visits but this time round it was hands down their favourite part. With so many interesting and interactive displays, incredible footage of life inside the womb (which had both my kids mesmerised) and an entire room dedicated to optical illusions, we struggled to drag them away.

We left the museum just as it was turning dark and stepped outside to the prettiest sight of twinkling christmas lights and the festive ice rink buzzing with happy skaters. After a quick ride on the carousel we all left feeling pretty christmassy. This place is always a treat but at this time of year its extra special.

Kate x

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Open daily 10.00-17.50 Last entry 17.30 Closed 24-26 December – Admission Free.


Comments (2)

November 21, 2016

Fab pics and write up! Our favourite place to visit in London and so true about the side entrance 😉

November 21, 2016

Oh wow, this brings back memories… we were visiting London and we thought we would pop into the Natural History Museum one morning… we stayed the entire day and we had to go back a second day and we still could have gone back for more… a fabulous fabulous place to visit.

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