Abi Adventures: The Natural History Museum

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!

Image of the blue whale skeleton inside the natural history museum with text overlay "Abi Adventures The Natural History Museum"

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.

 

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  1. lolitambonita
    06/01/2019 / 6:00 pm

    I love this place so many fond memories! It’s an incredible building filled with wonders.

    Lola Mia x

  2. 06/01/2019 / 6:12 pm

    Oh wowww I went as a child and loved it then, need to return now I’m an adult haha, glad you had lots of fun! X

  3. 06/01/2019 / 7:06 pm

    When I visited London I didn’t have time to visit the museum but I will make sure I do next time I visit!

  4. 06/01/2019 / 7:15 pm

    This is a great blog post I loved reading this


    Jack Deyes
    jackdeyes.com

  5. 06/01/2019 / 10:10 pm

    This is one of my favourite museums in London, along with the British Museum. Glad you had a great time. It’s a must see in my mind and the fact that it’s free makes it even better!

    Caitlin
    Budget Breaks

  6. Ashley Firth
    06/01/2019 / 11:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Natural History Museum! It sounds absolutely amazing! I had no idea the museum holds 80 million items!!!!! That’s mind-boggling!

    Ashley
    https://www.lellalee.com

    • 07/01/2019 / 7:47 pm

      There’s honestly so much to see, I would definitely recommend going more than once to take it all in

  7. 07/01/2019 / 8:47 am

    This place is incredible! Definitely need to make time to go back after reading this! x

  8. 07/01/2019 / 9:41 am

    This is my favorite museum in London! I’m yet to visit with the Whale in the main hall yet. Great post :)x

  9. 07/01/2019 / 12:35 pm

    Exploring close to home can be so much fun! We’d love to visit this museum- our boys always love natural history museums. Especially if they have dinosaur bones! LOL!

  10. 08/01/2019 / 10:17 pm

    I seriously need to go back here! Looks like you had a great time x

  11. 09/01/2019 / 5:34 pm

    This is my favorite museum in the city! The dinos are really cool! I love the mineral/rock/aquatic life section. I haven’t been there in a while, I might make a trip down there now after reading this article (=

    • 10/01/2019 / 7:20 am

      We found ourselves in the insect section for ages for some reason!

  12. 11/01/2019 / 6:40 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’m sure I could lost in some of these exhibits for hours!

  13. elleloutravels
    13/01/2019 / 3:08 pm

    Love this post as I’ve always wanted to head down to the National History Museum, but as I live about 4 hours away from London I don’t get chance to get down as often as I would like! Great post x

  14. 17/01/2019 / 10:59 pm

    The Natural History Museum is next on my list of museums to visit. I recently went up to London to look around the British Museum – it was amazing! Excited to see all the Natural History Museum has to offer – especially the dinosaurs and the Blue Whale skeleton 🙂

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