“Mammoths: Ice Age Giants” @The Natural History Museum (23rd May – 7th September)
Staying at the friendly Amsterdam Hotel means you are conveniently situated to everything that makes London so famous as on the world’s premier capitals. The local Underground station can whisk you to the bustling West End within quarter of an hour, while a short walk will have you in the upmarket shopping area of Kensington, famed for the iconic Harrod’s department store, often referred to as the finest in the world.
Within a few minutes’ walk of the Amsterdam you will also find the London Museum Quarter, home to some of the most famous and respected museums in the world. In this, the Royal Borough of Kensington, there are museums celebrating the life and works of many famous Britons as well as some of the incredible advances – and inventions - the UK has made over the centuries in science, technology and natural history.
The latter area, that of natural history and the Natural History Museum is perhaps the finest example of collections of this genre in the world. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Amsterdam on Cromwell Road, with a spectacular range of specimens from all areas of natural history on show. Founded by noted biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen, and opened in 1881, it has some 70 million items, many of vital scientific and historical value, within its five main collection areas – botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.
Because of the wonderful building the exhibits are located in, it has been dubbed the “Cathedral of Nature”.
However, running from 23rd May until 7th September is possibly one of the most spectacular exhibitions ever mounted at the museum – “Mammoths: Ice Age Giants”. This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity of meeting some of the largest mammals to have ever walked on earth. And they are BIG! There is a remarkable collection of models, skeletons and fossils, with more tusks and trunks.
The centre exhibit has to be the display of the most complete woolly mammoth ever found, Baby Lyuba, She was discovered in Siberia in 2007 and is thought to have died an unbelievable 42,000 years ago when she was only one month old. It’s her first time in Western Europe, having come from the Shemanovsky Museum in Salekhard, Russia.
That’s the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, just ten minutes from the Amsterdam Hotel.
For tickets an visiting, visit www.nhm.ac.uk