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On its own, the architecture of the Natural History Museum is enough of a reason to walk through its doors one afternoon Full review →My advice would be to choose two or three exhibits—such as the dinosaur exhibit and the Earth exhibit—so that museum fatigue doesn’t set in.
This is just one of the three huge galleries (all free) off Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the V&A.
The ornate terracotta facade of this enormous Victorian museum is strewn with relief panels depicting living creatures to the left of the entrance and extinct ones to the right. Full review →
A soaring Romanesque structure that provides a suitably reverent setting for what is often described as a "cathedral of nature". Full review →
Built in 1881, the Natural History Museum is also a world-renowned research center and boasts as much historical significance as scientific. Full review →
Beeline for the back of the museum to see the unrepeatable Cadogan Gallery: a collection of British treasures. Full review →
This colossal building is infused with the irrepressible Victorian spirit of collecting, cataloguing and interpreting the natural world. Full review →
Built by Alfred Waterhouse between 1873 and 1880 to a symmetrical plan, the building is 205m long with two 58m-high central towers above an entrance embellished by arches. Full review →
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. Full review →
One of three frontages in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum is one mile in depth and has two façades 1,000 feet long. Full review →