Explore the london's Science and natural history museum to discover the answer of questions about dinosaurs, plants, animals, fossils, rocks, and sea.
In some ways, biological science has remained unchanged – we still use the same method of classifying living things that originated in the eighteenth century. In other ways, we have made unbelievable progress, right down to unravelling the secrets of DNA. Find out how the Museum’s scientists collect the information they need, the history of scientific discovery and why the information affects every single one of us. London Natural History Museum is one of the largest museums in the UK Museum of Natural History & Science is the perfect place to discover those “ah-ha” moments, learn and have fun!
Two of the most popular museums in London, the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are located next to each other on South Kensington’s Exhibition Road. Perfect for family visits with lively, informative and interactive exhibitions, you can take in steam trains and spacecraft at the Science Museum followed by the dinosaurs and earthquakes at the Natural History Museum.
Both a research institution and a fabulous museum, the NHM opened in Alfred Waterhouse’s purpose-built Romanesque palazzo on the Cromwell Road in 1881. Now joined by the splendid Darwin Centre extension, the original building still looks quite magnificent. The pale blue and terracotta façade just about prepares you for the natural wonders within. Taking up the full length of the vast entrance hall is the cast of a Diplodocus skeleton. A left turn leads into the west wing or Blue Zone, where long queues form to see animatronic dinosaurs- especially endlessly popular T rex. A display on biology features an illuminated, man-sized model of a foetus in the womb along with graphic diagrams of how it might have got there.
The Natural History Museum of science was made possible by the combined efforts of the Departments of Biology and Geological Sciences. This museum is designed to outline evolution throughout geological time, providing an integrated learning environment, with displays of living plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals. A working seismograph is on display in an adjacent hallway.A primary role of the museum is to illustrate some of the breadth and diversity of the geological and biological sciences; it also serves as a teaching resource for university and school students, and the several thousand visitors that pass through annually.
Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular Dinosaurs gallery, Mammals with its unforgettable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall, home to the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art Cocoon where, on a self-guided tour, you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where you can see scientists at work. The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events including chances to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature.
The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. The Dinosaur gallery is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum, with a giant T. rex, the horned Triceratops and the fossilised skin of an Edmontosaurus. Kids can also try their hand at becoming a scientist through hands-on educational tools, gallery trails and art activities. And if the giant squid and blue whales still haven’t awed your kids, take them inside a giant globe representative of the solar system, or bring them to ‘The Power Within’ where they can feel an earthquake simulation.
The science museum is huge, covering five floors, so don’t expect to see it all in one day! Each floor looks at a different aspect of technology and science using displays and interactive information. The ground floor looks at vehicles and space exploration. The first floor is dedicated to food, gas, structural metals and communications. On the second floor you can learn about nuclear power, printing and computing. The third floor looks at photography and optics with electricity and the top two floors concentrate on the science of medicine.
Events and Exhibitions
The Natural History Museum hosts many excellent events and exhibits throughout the year. Be sure to check their online Events Calendar prior to your visit (many of the most popular events sell out well in advance, so be sure to plan as far ahead as possible). Browse following:
The Sky Guard of Taiwan and the World – The Sky Guard of Taiwan and the WorldTo celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of FORMOSAT-2, the first Earth observation satellite developed in Taiwan, the National Space Organization (NSPO) hosts a series of conferences and exhibitions to let the public know more about its contribution to the nation. This travelling exhibition is part of its celebration events.
Birth of the Dinosaurs – Egg and Embryo Fossils from ChinaSucceeded by four grand exhibitions on dinosaurs, the National Museum of Natural Science is presenting a new story of dinosaur eggs and parenting. The new exhibit titled “Birth of the Dinosaurs – Egg and Embryo Fossils from China” opens October 15, 2014 and runs through April 15, 2015 in the 1st exhibition gallery. Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos.
Earthquake Disaster Reduction – Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication. Theater ClosureTo mark the 15-year anniversary of 921 Earthquake in 1999 and the 10th anniversary of the 921 Earthquake Education Park’s public opening, the Museum will provide a two-day international symposium named “Earthquake Disaster Reduction – Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication” Nov. 18(Tue) – 19(Wed). The international symposium aims to provide an opportunity to share experiences and lessons of earthquakes, and to facilitate the discussion of strategies and policies to enhance earthquake disaster prevention and reduction.
Gallery Closure – Gallery ClosureThe World of Semiconductor Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Science Center will be closed for refurbishment from Sep. 29 to November 7, 2014. We apologize for any disruption to your visit, and there may be some noisy building work at times.
Journey into Amazing Caves – Theater ClosureJoin two extreme athletes and extreme scientists – Dr. Hazal Barton and Nancy Aulenbach, as they explore unusual caves looking for important clues about the Earth’s past and microorganisms that inhabit its most extreme environments. Journey into Amazing Caves will be shown at the Museum’s IMAX Space Theater from Sep. 1 to Oct. 31, 2014.
Science Images Contest – Building on the success of the 2013 Amazing New Visions: Science Images Exhibition, which consisted of 60 stunning photos, the Museum is preparing for the 2014 exhibition with more photos, and it is hoped to continue running the exhibition every year in the future. Science-loving photographers, join the challenging science images contest!