There are few places on Earth where you can step in, and see the world as it was a million years ago. Whether it be books on the natural history, journals and manuscripts of the archeologists and paleontologists. Moreover, you can find collections of zoology, mineralogy, botany and entomology. A world of knowledge is opened up in front of you as you enter; this museum not only keeps the collections of historical importance, but also of a scientific importance (Such as Darwin’s specimens). One of the largest museums in London, this is one place to visit to be mesmerized.
With arches and a glorious building, the Natural History Museum in London was built back in 1864, using mainly terracotta tiles. But the collection itself was first started by the Ulster doctor, Sir Hans Sloane. But soon, the collection, which was based on dried plants, along with animal and human skeletons eventually finished out due to mismanagement. Many sold off, others burnt off in bonfires. After many cases of mismanagement, and loss of collections, the museum eventually got a separate building, and an amendment to the British Museum Act made it a completely separate Museum. In about 1986, due to a lack of area, the Natural History Museum absorbed the Geological Museum, which was under the British Geological Survey.
Perhaps the most recent and exciting development of the museum is the Darwin Centre. It has come with a completely new educational experience for professionals and students alike, getting an insight to the tens of millions of the preserved specimen. This specimen can even be used for scientific experiments, and is used as such by the scientific staff. It’s shaped after a massive eight story cocoon, also having the entomology and botanical collections. Perhaps the most attractive creature is the Giant Squid, named Archie, which measures about 8.62 meters long. Also in the museum is the Attenborough Studio, where many educational and multimedia conferences take place for enthusiasts. According to the plan, it will continue daily lectures and demonstrations.
Now let’s move to the most interesting portion of the article, what’s inside the Museum? Well, you should come meet Dippy. It’s a 32 meter long replica of the Diplodocus carnegii skeleton. It comes from the original Carnegie Museum, and is a 2000 British Pound (BP) copy. The word Dippy is now so famous, that more copies were made, ending up with it is the most seen dinosaurs in the world. Moving on, how many have you seen a real life replica of a Blue Whale? Do you have any idea how big it is? Well, it required the New Whale Hall to be built in order to be able to put in, and since 1938 has been open to the public. Others include the previously mentioned Giant Squid Archie, which was captured alive near the Falkland Islands in about 2004. There is also a wildlife garden on its lawn; a new species of insects were potentially discovered there in 2007. All of these things make this National History Museum worth a visit.