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Natural History Museum, London

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
England SW7 5BD
Tel: 44 207 942 5000
Tube: South Kensington
www.nhm.ac.uk
Concierge.com's insider take:

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. With its Victorian architecture and huge 85-foot-long dinosaur skeleton in the central hall—known affectionately as Dippy the Diplodocus—this is exactly what you'd expect a natural history museum to look like. Be careful not to trip over the tiny children who stare up wide-eyed and open-mouthed at Dippy as they enter. You'll find spouting volcanoes, quaking fault lines, and a massive model of the world in the Earth Galleries; or, take a closer look inside your own brain and step back into the womb with a giant baby model in the Life Galleries. It's debatable whether 2005 addition Archie, a 28-foot giant squid discovered near the Falkland Islands and now preserved in a huge tank, will ever become as famous as Dippy, but he's worth a look, too. The Darwin Centre, a new $117-million, eight-story wing, opened in 2009. This giant cocoon structure, encased in a glass box, includes 17 million creepy-crawly specimens.—Updated by Giovanna Dunmall

Open daily 10 am to 5:50 pm.

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