The Natural History Museum

When I first moved to London, I used to spend countless weekends exploring all of London’s toursit attractions. Big Ben, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, you name it! But one of my favourite (and most beautiful) must see attraction in the city is the Natural History Museum.

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The Museum first opened its doors back in 1881 and sprawls across a massive green space with stunning Romanesque architecture. Just the building alone is a work of art in its own right and is one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

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Surrounded by a large stretch of green, it’s not a bad spot to stop by for a picnic witht the family or a casual afternoon stroll.

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The striking entrance and its interiors are almost like a cathedral with large open spaces and ceilings adorned with intricate tiles.

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You are greeted at the entrance by the giant replica skeleton of a Diplodocus (known affectionately as, Dippy) and a grand staircase with a seated statue of Charles Darwin.

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One of the main attractions at the Museum is the Cocoon, an eight-storey concrete dome housed in a steel and glass case. It holds 22 million specimens of insect and 3 million samples of plant tissue.

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Next, you find yourself in the room of mammals. I’m in complete awe at the pure size of the blue whale in comparison to the others!

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You could honestly get lost for hours going from room to room, display to display in the Museum. There is just so much to see and learn!

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Another one of my favourite areas to visit at the Museum and probably the most popular of the lot is the Dinosaurs (which I was too excited about to take any pictures!). Weekend afternoons are the peak times for the Dinosaur exhibit so I’d try to visit before and after this time or end up with a lot of children running around! One of the newest attractions is the Sensational Butterflies for which you need to purchase tickets with hundreds of free-flying moths and butterflies from around the world.

The closest tube station is South Kensington and you can find out more information here.

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