London is packed with a great many fascinating museums, galleries and world famous landmarks. A central London hotel is a wise choice if you want to visit these sites. The Natural History Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington along with the Science Museum and the Victoria Albert Museum. A scenic walk through the heart of the city will take you to the Metropolitan by COMO, London, a property that offers a lofty view of the city and which is within easy reach of this museum.
The London Natural History Museum is arguably the finest museum for natural history in the world. It dates back to 1753 when Sir Hans Sloane’s collection of more than seventy one thousand items was sold to the British Parliament for a mere twenty thousand pounds. The collection was housed and shown to public at the British Museum. The Romanesque style building on Exhibition Road, which is a work of art on its own, opened its doors in 1881. The natural history section remained an arm of the British Museum until 1963 but was only renamed the Natural History Museum in 1992. The Duchess of Cambridge became its Patron in 2013.
Today, the museum contains hundreds of interactive exhibits. The mammal’s display contains an impressive life size model of a blue whale, not to be missed, along with the ever popular dinosaurs gallery. The museum’s best loved piece is the iconic Diplodocus skeleton that stands proudly in the magnificent Central Hall. The cutting edge Darwin Centre Cocoon allows visitors to take a self-guided tour to view specimens of all shapes and sizes and look in on scientists at work in their laboratories. The museum’s science research centre has researchers examining the solar system, the earth’s geology and other critical fields to overcome the biggest challenges facing the world today.
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