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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!