I'm a student living in South London and studying at University, who has enjoyed writing for years.
Published September 23rd 2012
If you want something to do this weekend, you have a kid and you're wondering where to get him/her interested and to get some knowledge? Or maybe you are just someone who loves life and Mother Nature?
Without a doubt, one of the best museums in London for all ages is the Natural History Museum, and it is certainly worth a day trip to find out why. It's one of the best ways to combine fun activities with a intellectual and educational environment for the children - but you will surely enjoy it yourself!
Greeted by a colossal real diplodocus skeleton as you walk through the door, of 'Dippy' as he is named by the Museum, the tone is set for an enthralling exploration of a range of exhibits. The Natural History Museum will grace you with the wonders of Mother Nature, from meteorites to specimens collected by Darwin. The Museum is perhaps most fondly remembered by those who went as a child for its noted dinosaur exhibition, with life size models, real life fossils and skeletons and it's walk-through tour. Not only this, but the life size blue whale model, in and amongst figures of almost every living animal, is unmissable. Exhibitions range from these, to the human body, to insects and rock types. And if that seems to whet your appetite enough, believe you me, you will leave fully satisfied.
The cafe and restaurant areas are also wonderfully equipped to cater to your fancy, and of course the gift shop itself is a memorable experience and you should be sure not to leave empty handed without some kind of memory of the wonders you saw. The museum was built in 1864 and was opened by Alfred Waterhouse in 1881, and hasn't lost its charm since.
With free entry for all, apart from special exhibitions, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. The Natural History museum is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for those of all ages. And hey, if you leave and simply haven't had enough, the South Kensington area is thriving with other places to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, with the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum right next to it.