UK Travel Guide


Natural History Museum

The building which houses the museum’s vast collection of natural history was designed by Fowkes but was built after Waterhouse had made many changes to the detail and particularly the style which is Romanesque. It is itself spectacularly impressive being faced in terracotta with decorated columns of animals and plants. The museum began with the collection of Sir Hans Sloane in 1753 which was at that time displayed in the British Museum. As the collection grew along with the other collections in the British Museum it was decided to move the natural history pieces to their own site. Here one can see specimens and artifacts dating from pre-historic ( the dinosaur collection is extremely fascinating) to the topic of global warming, from botany and entomology to mineralogy to zoology. Whilst there are millions of items on view many, many more are stored away for research and scientific purposes. Entry is free after 4.30pm Monday to Friday and after 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Located at: Cromwell Road, London, SW7

Telephone: 020 7942 5000

Opens: Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.50, Sunday 11.00-17.50

Cost: Adults GBP7.50, Children and Senior Citizens Free

Closest Subway Station: South Kensington Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)