Natural History Museum - Cromwell Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.755 W 000° 10.585
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Quick Description: The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums in Kensington. The other two being the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. If you are visiting London on a wet day then this is the place to be and, as a bonus, admission is free!
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 8:48:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMF0A4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 13

Long Description:

The Natural History Museum is a favourite place to visit time and time again. There is always something new to see and old favourites that never lose their charm. In addition to the every day exhibits there are additional exhibitions and lectures. From November to January there is an outside ice rink so you can always burn off any remaining energy after a visit to the museum. If time permits also have a wander around the outside of the building and admire the architecture.

"The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from across the natural world, including insects, fossils and rocks. The Dinosaur gallery is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum, with a giant T. rex, the horned Triceratops and the fossilised skin of an Edmontosaurus. Kids can also try their hand at becoming a scientist through hands-on educational tools, gallery trails and art activities. And if the giant squid and blue whales still haven't awed your kids, take them inside a giant globe representative of the solar system, or bring them to 'The Power Within' where they can feel an earthquake simulation."

Source: LondonTown.

"The Natural History Museum first opened its doors to the public on Easter Monday in 1881, but its origins go back more than 250 years.

It all started when physician and collector of natural curiosities, Sir Hans Sloane, left his extensive collection to the nation in 1753.

Originally Sloane’s specimens formed part of the British Museum, but as other collections were added, including specimens collected by botanist Joseph Banks on his 1768-1771 voyage with Captain James Cook aboard HMS Endeavour, the natural history elements started to need their own home.

Sir Richard Owen, Superintendent of the British Museum’s natural history collection, persuaded the Government that a new museum was needed. He had an ambitious plan – to display species in related groups and to exhibit typical specimens with prominent qualities.

The chosen site in South Kensington was previously occupied by the 1862 International Exhibition building, once described as ‘the ugliest building in London’. Ironically, it was the architect of that building, Captain Francis Fowke, who won the design competition for the new Natural History Museum.

However, in 1865  Fowke died suddenly and the contract was awarded instead to a rising young architect from Liverpool, Alfred Waterhouse.

Waterhouse altered Fowke’s design from Renaissance to German Romanesque, creating the beautiful Waterhouse Building we know today. By 1883 the mineralology and natural history collections were in their new home. But the collections were not finally declared a museum in their own right until 1963."

Source: The Natural History Museum.


City, State or City, Country: London, United Kingdom

Year Built: Opened 1881

Architect: Alfred Waterhouse

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