Established nearly 133 years ago in the year 1881 the Natural History Museum in London shows a vast scope of various specimen segments of natural history. Standing as one of the three big museums in London after “the Victoria and Albert Museum” and “Science Museum” on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the museum is the residence of earth and life science specimens that comprise of close to seventy million items included within five main collections such as zoology, entomology, palaeontology, botany and mineralogy. The Natural Museum of London is the worlds renowned centre for research in specializing in identification, taxonomy and conservation.
The museum houses a large range of collections have a great scientific and historical value such as collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is renowned for its exhibits of dinosaur and its ornate architecture which is sometimes addressed as a cathedral of nature that is represented by a huge Diplodocus cast that dominates the vaulted central hall. This great museum has a library that contains extensive journals, books, manuscripts and artwork collection that directly links to the work and research of scientific departments and the library’s access is allowed through appointment only. Although the museum is addressed as the Natural History Museum it was formally recognised until 1992 as British Museum (Natural Museum) although there were legal separation from the British Museum in the year 1963. Most of the collections originate from within the British Museum, the landmark Alfred Waterhouse building was constructed and opened in the year 1881, and later incorporated the Geological Museum. The Darwin Centre is the most recent addition that is partially designed as a modern facility for storing of valuable collections. The main collection was of an Ulster doctor Sir Hans Sloane, who sold his significant collection to the British Government at price below their market value at that time, this purchase was funded by a lottery. Sir Hans Sloane’s collection included Human Plants and animal skeletons and this collection was placed in the Montagu House in Bloomsbury in the year 1756 of which later was housed in the British Museum.
What would you like to find here?
The Natural Museum of London is being visited by more than 5 million every year who enjoy more that 70 spectacular galleries and interactive arenas and is placed 4th nationally. The museum adjacent which is the Geological Museum of British Geological Survey was absorbed by the Natural museum due to limited space available in the region. The Geological Museum has the outstanding exhibits that became world famous as these exhibitions included an earthquake machine which was designed by James Gardner and the worlds very first computer enhanced exhibition, which is recognised as “Treasures of the Earth.” There were renovations to the museum’s galleries that were relaunched in the year 1996 and were known as “The Earth Galleries and The Life Galleries” and the 19th century displays remained unchanged for its techniques of the Waterhouse building. Designed by Neal Potter the central atrium overcame the visitor’s reluctance by pulling them through a theoretical explanation of the world made up of random plates on an escalator.
The museum’s new design covered its walls in recycled slate and the major planets and stars were sandblasted on the bulwark as the star exhibits of the museum are exhibited inside the wall. You will even see a backdrop of six iconic figures who are discussing about how they viewed Earth in the old generations. You will find hundreds of interactive and exciting displays, as, high spots include the popular Mammals like the Blue Whale, Dinosaurs gallery and the remarkable Central Hall which is the abode for the iconic Diplodocus Skeleton. Its amazing to be at the state of the art Cocoon as you will find a large collection of captivating specimen copies while you can even observe the scientists at work. The Darwin Center’s Attenborough Studio provides a completely wide-range of programs for events and temporary exhibitions which include the chance to join experts in relevant discussions about science and nature.
Activities at the museum
The Natural History Museum is one of the best museums in London as it allows public engagement and serial publication of educational programmes that include the greatly praised “How Science Works” which offers exclusive workshops for school pupils who display the usage of microfossils for geological research. The museum has set up a projects to develop notable gallery characters for patrol display cases that include ‘facsimiles’ of luminaries in 2005 such as of William Smith, Dorothea Bate, Mary Anning and Carl Linnaeus, which recounts the anecdotes and stories of each of their lives, aims and discoveries that surprise visitor. Later again in the year 2010 a BBC documentary series of six parts was shot in the museum that has explored stories and behind the scenes views of the museum which was titled as “Museum of Life.”
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD