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Admiring the Architecture at London’s Natural History Museum

This past weekend we went on our first visit to London’s Natural History Museum, and judging by the amount of exhibits inside, it won’t be our last. We spent four hours there and only saw about a quarter of what the museum has to offer. But before I get into what we actually saw inside the museum, I want to share some photos of the architecture at the Natural History Museum because it’s really quite something to see!

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is simple to find. It’s located in South Kensington, just outside the tube station of the same name. If you follow the museum signs in the underground station, they’ll lead you down a tunnel that spits you out directly onto a large green area on the backside of the Natural History Museum. The museum is so grand from this view that I mistakenly thought we were facing the front. It is truly take-your-breath-away beautiful!

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

Also on this side of the museum is the first piece of natural history we saw – a fossilized tree trunk older than the dinosaurs. It’s not much to look at, but the pigeons seem to like it.

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

The imposing front entrance to the Natural History Museum is so ornate that I had no trouble passing the time in line trying to photograph its beauty. If a building could be photogenic, that’s what I’d call this one.

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

The design details inside are just as intricate, from the cathedral-style central hall to the stained glass windows and painted ceiling panels found throughout the museum. The Natural History Museum is truly a work of art.

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

Admiring The Architecture At London's Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is worth a visit for the architecture alone, although the exhibits inside are just as fascinating. Like the other big museums in London, this one is free, which is good news for me since I was so busy taking photos of the place (113!) that we only saw the dinosaurs and the Darwin Center. You could spend many afternoons here carefully perusing every section, but even if you’re only in London for a short time, I recommend stopping in for a few hours. There’s definitely something here for everyone!

For more information, check out my Guide To London’s Natural History Museum!

Natural History Museum: Website
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

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  • Tammy Chrzan
    August 5, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    I love the architecture in England!

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    August 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Yay for free! And the architecture is quite amazing!

  • Mrs. Match
    August 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Wow, free admission? That’s amazing. I love beautiful buildings. I agree, that one is photogenic!

  • Alyx
    August 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    It’s gorgeous!!!! And that’s so awesome that it’s free!

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    August 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Wow, these pictures are beautiful! Love them! Love seeing all the pictures that you post.

  • Jen Mc
    July 31, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Wow! This is a gorgeous place! I felt like it was something out of Harry Potter. :)
    I’m glad you enjoyed it

  • Kerry
    July 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    What a beautiful building! I would be in awe of it and would probably take 113 pictures too :)

    And here ends my The Wanderblogger marathon for today! Please don’t feel that you have to respond to each comment I have made, I don’t expect you to. I just wanted (and needed) to catch up with you and your posts (I have been a lazy blogger lately) because I sure have missed you and now I am all caught up, it feels great!!

    It is so good to hear that you guys have settled in and are adjusting to life in the big city and being that you are so far from home too. You truly are an inspiration!!

    Have a wonderful day(I think you are probably only 10 hours behind me now) xoxo

  • Tanya @Other Side of the Road
    July 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Great pictures! Everything looks better in the sunshine. We have been to the Natural History Museum once, and I hope to go again this summer or fall!

  • T. Lennie
    July 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    You have amazing photography skills! What a beautiful building!

  • Diana Bockus
    July 30, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Your shots are great! Beautiful architecture! Can’t wait to see more!

  • topchelseagirl
    July 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    It is an amazing building. We went there on a school trip as teenagers and I fainted – completely unconscious. Cue major panic amongst my friends and teachers. It was due to lack of food and happened several more times over the following years. I don’t remember much about it after that moment!

  • Emmymom
    July 30, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Wow is truly is so so beautiful! That is one of the reason I really want to go to Europe some day is to see amazing old buildings like that.

  • Stacie Stamper
    July 30, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Those windows are stunning!

  • Nicole
    July 30, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    That is a gorgeous building! I wonder how long it took to build? So do we get to see any of the pics from the exhibits too?? If they’re anything like the building, I wanna see LOTS more!

  • Jo
    July 30, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    That is one amazing building!