You may remember our first Dinosaur Hunting post from the Natural History Museum in Oxford. Monkey loved it so much that I realised he really was ready for a trip to the Natural History Museum in London. Time for Dinosaur Hunting Part two!
We had been invited down to London for an afternoon event in July and it gave us the perfect timing for our dinosaur hunting trip in the morning. Monkey and I hoped on the train and made our way down to London. This was followed by a few changes on the Underground before heading to the Natural History Museum.
I’ve loved it there since I was a child but have held off going before with Monkey as I was worried it was too big and the queues would be too long.
The Museum opens at 10.00am and we arrived just before 10.30am. I couldn’t believe my luck, only a very small queue to enter the Museum – result! It’s a beautiful building, so many details in the stone work that there is always something interesting to point out to children.
We were inside in less than 5 minutes, paid our £1.00 donation for a floor plan and after looking at the dinosaur in the main hall we …….
……..went straight to the Dinosaur Gallery – no queuing at all and plenty of room to move.
There are some great exhibits and you walk on a platform so you can look down on some of the skeletons, which is pure genius. Monkey was in his element. There is a large T-Rex which moves, this scared him, being the timid little boy he is and we had to rush past. But that exhibit is at the end of the raised platform so it didn’t ruin the experience for him. It the kind of exhibit that we can revisit again and again in the years to come.
Monkey loves dinosaurs but he’s still at the zooming around exhibits stage. Over time I’m sure he will actually stand still, and properly take stock of what he is looking at!
That said, I thought the dinosaurs would be the only area he’d be interested in. I was wrong. Guru Gramps would have been proud. With no intervention from me, we ended up with the mini beast 🙂
Monkey loved the interactive displays and spent time going round and round them all.
The only downside to our Dinosaur Hunting experience was the kids selection (or lack of) in the Cafe. We could have gone to the Restaurant and had a hot meal, which neither of us wanted on a scorching hot summers day. We just wanted a sandwich. I was really shocked that there were no kids lunch box options available in such a child friendly museum. That was poor.
But overall, it was a wonderful experience. Monkey talks about it all the time and wants to go back again. I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time there over the years to come!