HOTELS NEAR THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
One of the best 4 star hotels we offer is the Rembrandt Hotel, it is located within a few minutes walk of the Natural History Museum. The Rembrandt Hotel offers quality rooms in the very heart of sophisticated Kensington and Knightsbridge, guests can enjoy full on site leisure facilities, the stylish restaurant and welcoming lounge / bar area . A superb choice at reasonable rates for London.
Another great hotel located within walking distance of the Natural History Museum is the Gainsborough Hotel The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. To stay at this London hotel is to enjoy the London of fashionable South Kensington, Harrods, the restaurants, and antiques markets, pubs and delightful backwaters of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. You're at the heart of the capital's culture too with the great museums nearby; and, for music lovers, the glorious Royal Albert Hall is just minutes away.
Another hotel within a short walk of the Natural History Musuem is the ever popular Montana Hotel, this hotel is a great choice for visitors to London, especially with children given it's location and it's choice of family rooms. The rooms were upgraded in the past 12 months. Helpful staff ensure your stay at the Montana is a memorable one.
The Amsterdam Hotel is just a little further away but again an excellent choice if you want to visit the Natural History Museum. This is a 3 star hotel with only 27 rooms but it has gained a very respectable reputation and excellent accolades of late, again the Amsterdam Hotel offers family sized rooms.
ABOUT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
There is a cluster of museums located in the heart of South Kensington and the Natural History Museum located in the Waterhouse Building on Cromwell Road is definitely the grandest of them all.
Since opening on Easter Monday in 1881 the Natural History Museum has been a truly fascinating place to visit, with over 70 million specimens and items to astound each and every visitor - from children to zoology researchers alike.
When you enter this stunning Italian Renaissance style building, you are greeted by a ridiculously large Diplodocus dinosaur and from here on in your visit becomes a lesson dedicated entirely to assist in the understanding of this crazy thing we call the natural world.
The spectacular central hall marks the beginning of the ´Life Galleries´ and in here you can ogle the centuries old Dinosaur skeletons, discover the world of the largest creatures on planet earth including whales and elephants and the ´creepy crawlies´ section is a winner with the little ones.
The ´Earth Galleries´ are where you can find out how and when this planet as we know it came about and what is essential for its survival. ´Hands on Spaces´ is fantastic for everyone, a section where you are actually encouraged to handle and touch the many different specimens and scientific tools and ´The Power Within´ guides you through the different stages of earthquakes and volcanoes and why they occur. You also have the chance to actually experience the feeling of the tremors.
The Darwin Centre, named after the famous British Naturalist Charles Darwin, is super interesting to say the least. The shelves and shelves of pickled bits and bobs are squirmy but oh so captivating at the same time. To explore the centre entirely you need to book a place on the Darwin Explore Tour. Entry is free but only a maximum of six people can investigate the centre at any one time.
Why would you pass up the opportunity to see a pickled human head that was discovered partially digested in the stomach of a sperm whale, or miss the chance to spy Archie the 8.62 metre squid?!
The Natural History Museum is also the sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and every year the entries are displayed in the museum. If you get a chance, it is most definitely worth while checking out these photographs as they are always outstanding.
What the Natural History Museum has collected or had donated over the years is astonishing, and the collection and exhibitions grow by the day. A more recent addition to the museum is the bones belonging to the Bottlenose Whale that was trapped in the River Thames in January 2006. After heroic attempts to free the whale he sadly convulsed and died whilst being taken back to sea.
Entry is FREE to the Natural History Museum, although there is usually an admission fee for special exhibitions, and it is open daily from 10am Monday to Saturday and 11am on Sundays.
There are a couple of great shops where you purchase books, toys, jewellery and other crazy bits and pieces.
The Dino Shop is definitely the favourite - a whole store dedicated to all things prehistoric. There are plenty of places to rest for a quick drink & snack or a hot lunch to refuel before the next expedition.
The Waterhouse Café is located right in the heart of the museum, the Life Galleries restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner, the Globe Café is by the Earth Galleries, there's a coffee bar by the Exhibition Road entrance and there is the Underground Café & Picnic Area in the basement.
(there is a charge for temporary exhibitions)
|Monday to Sunday
||10:00 - 17:50
The Museum is open every day except 24-26 December. Last admission is at 17:30.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000
Travel to the Natural History Museum London
By tube: within very easy walking distance of South Kensington station or the Gloucester Road Station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines
By bus Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near. Some tour buses also pass nearby
By bicycle There are cycle parking facilities by the Cromwell Road entrance.
By coach Victoria Coach Station is within walking distance of Victoria train and tube station on the Circle or District lines.
By car Driving to the Museum is not easy and parking is expensive, there is limited meter parking on Exhibition Road
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