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First established in 1881, the Natural History Museum is a must-see London museum, which displays over 70 million items exploring various divisions of natural history. Nicknamed the “Cathedral of Nature” – the ornate structure of the museum with its vaulted halls and elaborate features makes it worth a visit – even if you’re not a keen museumgoer.
Upon entering the Main Hall, you will be greeted by a giant skeleton of a Diplodocus – a long necked dinosaur once resident to North America during the Jurassic Period. We should also mention that this museum has a “live” T-Rex, as well! Should you care to venture up the stairwell from the main hall, you’ll find a segment of a giant Sequoia tree – one of the world’s largest trees by volume.
The museum is broken into four different zones all of which explore different aspects of natural history:
The “Red Zone” centers around the field of Geology, which contains a wide variety of fossils, rocks and minerals with an interactive “lab area”, allowing visitors to analyse specimens under a microscope. The best part of this zone is the earthquake room, where you can experience what an earthquake would feel like within the comfort of a controlled environment.
The “Green Zone” takes a look at birds, bugs, plants and primates amongst a variety of other exhibits. It also explores mankind’s placement in evolution. And, make sure to check out the segment of the giant Sequoia in Central Hall, which is over 1,300 years old!
Next up is the “Blue Zone” which is home to the famous dinosaur exhibit with a huge collection of dinosaur skeletons; fossils and London’s only live T-Rex! Hold onto your hat, this guy always seems a bit hungry. The blue zone also explores human biology and mammals with an impressive replica of a blue whale, which, believe it or not, is to scale (no pun intended).
Lastly, is the “Orange Zone”, which includes a wildlife garden, as well as the newly built Darwin Centre for all your evolution queries. Make sure to check out the Attenborough Studio inside the centre, as well, where you can handle live specimens, join a discussion with scientists, or take a journey with Attenborough himself in a multi-screen film of “wildscapes”.
The Natural History Museum also hosts special “After Hours” events throughout the year where you can drink cocktails and listen to music, sleep next to the dinosaurs or even analyse a crime scene at a murder mystery event. The museum also famously hosts ice-skating every year from about November to January. Please note that many of these special events are not free and will require advance booking.