In South Kensington you can find one of London’s biggest museums, one of them is the National History Museum at Cromwell Road (main entrance). On the Exhibition Road, where there al also the Science Museum and the V&A Museum, you can find the second entrance. The building is designed by Alfred Waterhouse and opened his doors in 1881.
Together with Muséum National d’historie Naturelle in France and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, this museum contains the biggest natural history collection of the world. There are 80 million items over five head collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontologie and zoology. Together with my daughter Lara we went out on discovery.
The museum is particularly famous because of the dinosaur skeletons. But also about the impressive building itself. There are large open spaces, lots of glass with beautiful light from the outside, classic ornaments, wide stone stairs and decorative tiles on the floor.
The museum is very accessible to young and old and offers many educational activities. Exhibitions are designed to enable you to study and learn.
The whole day in the museum I was following my little lady. Some stuffed animals and skeletons she found them a bit scary. Nevertheless she was very impressed with everything and seemed to like it very much. Just like her mom did.
In London, almost all museums are free to visit. It may happen that they request an entrance fee for some selected exclusive exhibitions. Museums allow visitors to make a voluntary contribution. For more information about the museum, current exhibitions and opening hours, visit the website of The National History Museum.