London Travelogue – National History Museum

I have not been written about my travelogues for ages. It’s been five years in London and I have not written much about the place, this beautiful victorian world-famous city.

Who don’t love museums, they are the place of knowledge, history, something to ponder about what we have come from but few times boring! My first formal visit to Museum abroad was not in London – it was Louvre Paris. You can read all about it here.

London has kept its museums well and beautiful, place is a real treat for museum lovers – above all they all are FREE. So here is my brief on the museum –

image5(1)Museum itself looks so beautiful from outside. The Natural History Museum has an ornate terracotta façade by of high Victorian architecture. The terracotta mouldings represent the past and present diversity of nature.

image1(1)The museum is home to may be million of life and earth science specimens. There are huge collections of botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology, zoology and what nots. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, the famous one is  large Diplodocus cast which dominates the main hall. It looks familiar, isn’t?

image15The one which shows the beginning –

image4(1)It is commendable that how they have put all the effort in restoring the original and recreating the replica.

This one took me to Muir Woods, California –

image13Muir Woods in California is famous for its long Strangely I haven’t written about it on my blog. It holds the large area for Redwood trees, also called Sequoia. Quick introduction to Redwoods – It is an evergreen, long-lived tree living 1,200–1,800 years or more. This species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 29.2 feet (8.9 m) in diameter. These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth.

image14The next thing intrigued me there was Mars’s rock –

image12This rock was fell in Egypt in 1911. Around 11 million years ago it was believed that a comet or an asteroid hit the surface of Mars and was so powerful that few pieces eventually landed on Earth as meteorite.

Also museum has a huge collection of gemstones,

image9Above are organic minerals.

image10Can’t believe these rocks are natural – colours and textures are so intricate.

image11I was so last admiring the diamonds collection in th museum that forgot to take its pictures!

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Museum has a huge collection of fossils too –

image7(1)Marry Anning is called as fossil woman. Some of the finest fossils in the museum are collected by Mary.

image6(1)Reva’s favorite section where they have kept butterfly’s fossils –

image2(1)And lastly but not the very least – mammals section, this is where kids had all the fun

image17 image16 image3(1)I have not even covered the 50% of the museum in my post, this is the area we could manage to see with both the kids in 2-3 hrs of time. You need a day or two to visit the museum and admire its collections.

Highly recommended to visit with kids or when in London.

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