New Volcanoes and Earthquakes Gallery at the Natural History Museum
Opens 31 January 2014
Location – Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Awe-inspiring, intense and dangerous – volcanoes and earthquakes are the most powerful phenomena in nature. Their breathtaking impact has caused worldwide fascination and devastation, making them Hollywood film spectaculars as well as the cause of the biggest global tragedies. This revealing gallery takes you on a journey through the causes of the world’s most famous natural disasters and explores how science is attempting to minimise their impact around the world. Through the Natural History Museum’s own scientific research, immersive experiences, real-life case studies and up to date information from around the world, Volcanoes and Earthquakes provides a fresh and intriguing account of the almighty force of our natural world.
Along the way, you’ll study human stories to experience what it’s like to be a survivor of one of the world’s most dangerous earthquakes, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and most recently, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. You’ll also delve deep into the scientific foundations of a volcano as you look inside Mount Vesuvius, Italy, which famously destroyed the roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which caused of one of the most powerful eruptions in history.
· original objects from world-famous events, including a calendar with a waterline and broken clock from 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan
· real-life survivor case studies
· interactives and videos showing activity from around the world, including a live earthquake data feed
· an earthquake simulator
· a CGI film on what scientists are doing to understand tectonics
· discoveries from recent scientific field trips
· how to prepare for an earthquake, allowing visitors to decide what they’d put in their emergency ‘go’ bag
Entry is free
(There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions)
|Open every day||10.00-17.50|
Last Friday of the month open until 22.30 for Lates.
The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but closed 24-26 December.