Hello, lovely readers. I hope you enjoyed the last post on Muriel’s Kitchen. Get ready to continue the rest of the journey today. So, after the hearty breakfast in South Kensington, we (my family and I) walked to Cromwell Road to visit one of my favourite museums in London, the Natural History Museum. I woke up early morning that day and spontaneously decided to spend the day hopping from one museum to the other. Turned out to be a great decision and a wonderful family day! The best thing about London is that the entrance to most museums is free of charge. It is also a great way to discover, learn new things and have fun. It is something that you can do on a gloomy rainy London day to brighten it up and obviously avoid getting wet.The cathedral-like building with its “Romanesque architecture” was designed back in 1864 and opened its doors to the public for the first time on 18 April 1881. Thanks to Sir Richard Owen, a natural scientist, who insisted that the museum is free of charge and accessible to everybody and not only for the wealthy and rich. There are two entrances to the Natural History Museum, the main entrance on Cromwell Road and a side entrance on Exhibition Road. Cromwell Road entrance tends to be crowded, so we used the other entrance.
Walking to the entrance on Exhibition Road, the view of the museum’s building was just great. The grass was green, a few trees were blooming, the museum in all its glory was crowning the whole view and the grey sky provided the perfect backdrop which made it look even more magical. The museum looked like Hogwarts from Harry Potter. It couldn’t get any more perfectly English than that!When we entered the museum, we were in Earth Hall. A huge metal sculpture of our planet Earth was hanging high above the hall with maps of the solar system decorating the gallery walls. It was breathtaking. My niece and nephew gasped with amazement at that marvelous sight. The picture below is showing The Earth Sculpture and the Stegosaurus dinosaur fossil. The Stegosaurus was a vegetarian type and used its spiked tail as a defense mechanism against predators.
The museum is the perfect place to spend a day with the kids. My niece and nephew, aged 11 and 13, had a blast exploring all the interesting information and examining the fossils among other specimens.
Taking the escalator from Earth Hall through the gigantic Earth sculpture up to the Red Zone is an unforgettable experience in itself. It was very exciting to go through the metal sculpture of Earth.
The Red Zone is a host to different galleries which exhibit valuable information on the origin of earth, ancient fossils and specimens, volcanoes and earthquakes including the earthquake simulator (watch video below).
In Dorset, England a selection of ancient fossils and rocks were found dating back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. There are a few cafés scattered around the museum offering refreshments, coffee, tea, snacks and sandwiches. The museum is fairly big and you definitely need to refuel in between galleries.
It was a cold London day and I opted for an all black outfit with a dash of colour. I was wearing a black wool coat (last season) and leggings both from Zara, Guess quilted biker boots (find similar here), Bimba Y Lola Scarf and my favourite Sloane Square design handbag (G3 Studio) from the Italian brand Gabs by Franco Gabrielli (find similar here).
Creepy Crawlies gallery in the Green Zone is the perfect place to learn all about insects, spiders, the cycle of insect life and satisfy your child’s curiosity through interactive games. A few snaps below from around the gallery.
School visits to the Natural History Museum are very popular. There are special activities for students of all ages and special workshops for unforgettable learning experiences.
Maps and directions are available everywhere across the museum.Don’t forget to pick up a map and make a DONATION. The museum is worth it and deserves our support to continue the scientific research and the maintenance of the glorious building.From the Green Zone, we headed to the famous Hintze Hall which is the museum’s central hall. The cathedral-like iconic hall in all its grandeur houses the famous and huge Diplodocus cast also known as Dippy. Dippy was first displayed within the museum in 1905. Dippy will greet you as soon as you walk through the main museum entrance on Cromwell Road. A sight not to be missed.The ceiling tiles display exotic plants from all over the world. That is a design feature which gives the museum building its Romanesque style and uniqueness.
Taking the staircase behind the Diplodocus cast, you’ll find a statue of Charles Darwin, the person behind the Evolution Theory, looking down at Hintze Hall.
You must take the staircase up to the first floor balcony to view the hall from above and marvel at the spectacular architecture.
It’s worth it to make a trip to the Natural History Museum just to look down at Dippy and Hintze Hall from the first floor balcony because sadly, Dippy will soon be taking a tour around the UK. I lost track of time just observing the different crowds who came from different parts of the world to visit this magical and world-famous building. It’s rather easy to feel mesmerized for hours by the architecture, the science and the determination of every single naturalist, explorer and scientist behind this great museum. Before leaving the museum, my sister and I quickly passed by the museum shop to browse around. I bought Dinosaur explorer’s t-shirts for my young nephews.
We made our way out of the mesmerizing museum through the main doors on Cromwell Road and admired all the details on the outside.
It was a perfect morning spent exactly the way we wanted. The visit took around 3 hours at the Natural History Museum only to see the galleries within this post. Upon leaving it was time to say goodbye and continue our museum hopping journey to the V&A museum, a few steps away on Cromwell Road, too.I leave you now with a short video from the visit to the Natural History Museum. Enjoy it and I hope you are excited for the next post on the Victoria and Albert museum.
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