15 October 2013
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Natural History Museum showcases a wide range of specimens and and exhibits from across various sections of natural history. It is open everyday of the year apart from the 24th-26th December. Opening at 10am and shutting at 5:50pm there is plenty of time to have a really good look around. There are also Late Nights held every last Friday of the month where you can explore the galleries and exhibitions in the evening until 22:30.
With free entry, as well as some ticketed exhibition, there is a lot to see all under one roof. The museum is split into four different zones.
- The Blue Zone is one of the larger ones showcasing dinosaurs, mammals, human biology, marine invertebrate and fishes,amphibians & reptiles.
- The Red Zone is more physical geography natural history whose galleries include; Earth's treasury, From the beginning, The Power within and Earth today & Tomorrow.
Until January 2014 the Power Within Gallery, located in the Red Zone, is closed due to refurbishment.
- The Green Zone houses birds, minerals, creepy crawlies, ecology and Our Place in Evolution.
- Finally, the Orange Zone features the Attenborough Studio, the Cocoon (entrance), the Wildlife Garden (entrance outside) and the Zoology Spirit Building.
As well as the permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions are also run through the year at various points. A temporary exhibition showing at the moment is Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is running from 18th October 2013 - 23rd March 2014. The tickets for this cost Adult £12, child and concessions £6. As well as the temporary exhibtions there is also the ice rink, outside the builiding, open from 31st October - 5th January 2014. Tickets for that are Adults £12.65 and Child £8.80 with family tickets also available.
With so many things to see and do at the museum, where the majority is free, it's really worth heading down there for the day. Whilst your down in South Kensington you can also check out the Science Museum (located next door) or the V&A which is slightly up the road. For information on what they have there as well as findning out what other exhibitions are currently showing, check out their website http://www.nhm.ac.uk/index.html.
Nearest tube station: South Kensington