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Video:Natural History Museum in London

with Evan Ball

Want to learn about the Natural History Museum in London before you visit? Here, see helpful and interesting information about the museum.See Transcript

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Transcript:Natural History Museum in London

Hi, I'm Evan Ball, here for About.com. Today we'll be going talking about the Natural History Museum in London.

Facts About the Natural History Museum in London

If you're looking for an afternoon filled with the weird and wonderful of the natural world, then this is one spot you can't miss. Let's take a closer look at one of city's most interesting destinations.One of the big three museums in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum opened in 1881. The Waterhouse Building, which is a London landmark, is the core of the museum and a striking example of Romanesque architecture. Elaborate sculptures of plants and animals adorn both the interior and exterior walls, while ornate, gilded ceiling panels in the Central Hall depict plant specimens from around the world.

Information About the Collection at the Natural History Museum in London

While the museum features several halls dedicated to large mammals, fish, birds, and ecology, the biggest attraction is its impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons. If you've ever wanted to come face to face with a T. Rex or Triceratops, this is the place to do it. Visitors can also take advantage of the Geological Museum, which became part of the Natural History Museum in 1985 and is connected to the Waterhouse Building by the Lasting Impressions Gallery. Known as the Red Zone, the Geological Museum is home to more than 30,000 minerals, as well as multiple exhibitions, including a simulated earthquake and volcanic eruption.

Additional Information About the Natural History Museum in London

The newest addition to the Natural History Museum is the Darwin Centre Building, which opened to the public in September 2009. A state-of-the-art science and collections facility, visitors can take advantage of a live talk or film at the Attenborough Studio, explore the interactive climate change wall, or step out into the courtyard to view the Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial. Probably the most unique experience to have when visiting the Darwin Centre is touring the 8-story cocoon, which is home to hundreds of specimens and high-tech installations. While there is a charge for temporary exhibitions, entry into the Natural History Museum is free.

Basics About the Natural History Museum in London

The museum is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:50 p.m., with the exception of holiday closures in the month of December. For more information and special announcements, visit www.nhm.ac.uk.Whether for entertainment or education, a visit to London's Natural History Museum is a great way to spend your afternoon. From exquisite architecture to fascinating exhibits and collections, it's a journey that won't soon be forgotten.

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