This museum is one of the three large museums in South Kensington, London. It was previously a part of the British Museum. The museum has five principle collections namely; Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology. It is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The museum specializes in taxonomy, identification and conservation.
The library comprises of books, manuscripts, journals and artwork collections relating to the scientific department. The museum is popular for its dinosaur skeletons and ornate Victorian architecture. The museum also kept collection sold by Sir Hans Sloane which comprised of dried plants, animal and human skeleton, etc.
The museum has a centre named after Charles Darwin where various specimen collections are kept and is also used as work space by the museum's scientific staff. The centre has two phases; Phase 1 is the Zoological department where organisms are preserved in alcohol. Phase 2 is the place where the entomology and botanical collections are kept.
The centre has an 8.62 long Giant Squid. Other famous specimens in the museum are the long replica of Diplodocus Carnegie (dinosaur) skeleton and the skeleton and model of a blue whale. The museum also consists of various galleries like the Red Zone, Green Zone, Blue Zone and Orange Zone.
Timings: 10.00am - 17.50pm (daily including Sunday and bank holidays. But closed between 24-26 December)
Last admission is at 17.30pm.
Nearest tube station to V&A is South Kensington. Just get down at the tube station and follow signs to the museum. Like British museum, Science museum, V&A museum, Natural history museum is also free to visitors.
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