Despite living a short train journey from the capital, I have rarely visited London and it’s attractions. In the last few years, with my partner living even closer to London, I’ve been able to explore a lot more of the wonderful city. One of the top attractions on our list has always been The Natural History Museum, and we finally went!
I’ve always been fascinated by The Natural History Museum. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens including some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is probably most famous for its dinosaur and fossil collections, and the complete Blue Whale skeleton that hangs from the ceiling in the main entrance.
Whilst I won’t go into the full details of our day as it would take forever, my personal highlights were the dinosaurs and fossils. I find it fascinating how these animals and skeletons can be so similar yet so different to species we see today. I found myself looking at these creatures and marvelling that at some point, they were alive. To think they walked around in our forests and deserts is mind-blowing and pretty scary! The size of them is something else too. You don’t realise simply how huge these animals were. It really puts things into perspective and at 5 foot tall, definitely made me feel very small!
I also really enjoyed the human biology section, which covered everything from hormones and sex education, to memory and perception. I’ve always been interested in biology and the human body so naturally this caught my attention. It was also a really interactive area of the museum, with lots of memory games and optical illusions to have a go at. Being a big kid, I love when museums have features like this. No matter how interested you are on a subject, there is only so much looking and reading you can do, so it’s great to get a bit more hands on (and great for kids too!)
I would recommend a trip to The Natural History Museum for literally anyone. It’s great if you have kids as there is so much for them to see and do and interact with, but do be aware that it’s a pretty huge place so it may not hold their attention fully. The museum is great for adults too, as it features such a variety of exhibitions and activities. You really can pick and choose what you go and see, and with no official entrance fee, it’s a great day out for all.