In the lead up to visiting London, I knew that one place I had to make time for while I was in the city was the Natural History Museum. Whenever I’m traveling, I love visiting museums – from the Icelandic Museum in Reykjavik to the Natural History Museum in London, somewhere that Scott and I love to spend a few hours exploring are museums.
One thing you’ll notice about the building is the gorgeous structure, just seeing it as we emerged from the tube station had me awe-struck, with its flawless design and scale that far surpassed anything I could have imagined!
The museum itself has two entrances: one directly off the tube station entrance, on Exhibition Road, and another – about 8 minutes further down the road – at Queens Gate.
The Exhibition Road entrance was absolutely jam-packed with people, and deciding to stray from the 30/45 minute queue, Scott & I meandered down to Queens Gate where we only waited around 10 minutes before we were inside and ready to explore!
The sheer amount of departments and viewing rooms in the museum is huge: with the entire building separated into zones, and those zones broken down into galleries. Whether you’re making multiple trips, or have a planned itinerary of things you want to see inside, it’s definitely an attraction that you could spend all day exploring and still walk away with things you hadn’t even gotten near.
Personally, I found the crowds a little overwhelming, especially when cutting through corridors and exploring some exhibits (like the Dinosaurs one, which takes place in a large dark room that has been sectioned by boards to segregate the traffic, I started to feel quite claustrophobic with the amount of space that was available).
The rich history of the museum and the artifacts that are available to look at and read about is absolutely outstanding though. I’d definitely recommend that you pay the building a visit, just be aware that if you’re visiting on the weekend (which was the Sunday morning for me) there will be more traffic than usual, which could result in some uncomfortable spots when making your way around the place.
I’d love to know if you’ve ever visited the Natural History museum, and what you thought about it? Or do you have a different museum that’s your favourite in London?
If you’re after some London inspo, I’m still posting travel photos on my Instagram – so make sure to check that out! There will also be a few more posts about my trip, so I hope you’re excited for those!
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