9 Wild and Wonderful Museums for Nature Lovers

There's a world out there, and a world in here, to explore

By Google Arts & Culture

With the Eden Project, Mitchell Park Horticultural Observatory, and more

Fresh air, green leaves… there's simply nothing like getting lost in nature! But even if you can't escape the city, there's plenty of places to get your green fix. Here's a few ideas for your next urban adventure!

Eden Project, Cornwall

The iconic bubble dome roof of the Eden Project allows even the most sun-seeking cacti to grow on the grey and rainy shores of Britain. Imagine yourself in the Amazon or Arcadia in the climate-controlled rainforest and Mediterranean biomes.

It wasn't always this green. The Eden Project was founded in a former open-cast clay pit. In 1998, construction started on this exciting environmental exhibit. Ever since, millions have visited and learned about our precious natural world.

Natural History Museum, London

It might be far from the forest, but there are few places where you can get as close to nature as London's Natural History Museum. This institution has been collecting, cataloguing, and curating curious creatures since it was established in 1881.

Among the specimens held here are hundreds of historic fossils, dozens of dinosaurs, and one statue of the main man himself, Charles Darwin. But make sure you take a look at the building itself, there's lots of decorative details dedicated to discovery.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

On the shores of Lake Michigan, just between Belmont Harbour and North Avenue Beach, you'll find the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The organisation is dedicated to entertaining, educating, and exciting everyone.

Whoever named it the 'Windy City'? They should call it the Wild City. The museum is set amidst the tranquil surroundings of the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, the perfect spot for a respite from the rush and hurry of everyday life.

Field Museum, Chicago

Just a little further south along the lake shore is the Field Museum, truly one of the great natural history museums of North America. The Field Museum inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how we can make it a better place.

Start your journey in the main hall, where African Savannah elephants stand, locked in battle. Nearby, come face-to-face with the largest dinosaur ever discovered - the titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum - which the museum has named Máximo.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

The domes of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory are a famous sight of Milwaukee. These climate-controlled structures were built in 1955 to replace the 19th Century glasshouses, which in turn were inspired by those at Kew Gardens.

Dry earth crunches under food inside the desert dome, where thorny shrubs and spiny succulents of the Southern American Sonoran desert live side-by-side with cycads and the fearsome Dragon Blood Tree of the Canary Islands.

La Plata Museum, Argentina

The La Plata Museum houses some of the most important scientific discoveries in South America. Its grand classical entrance is guarded by sculptures of sabre tooth tigers.

Inside, it holds nearly 3 million specimens, many of which were collected along the Atlantic coasts and in the Pampas region of northern Argentina. In this hall you can find large modern animals, such as walrus, seals, turtles, and whales.

Melbourne Museum, Melbourne

On the south coast of Australia, the Melbourne Museum presents the diversity of life to be found across the nation, pacific, and wider world. The captivating architecture of the animal hall brings life to its huge array of taxidermy exhibits.

In the Forest Gallery, the 'beating heart' of the museum, you'll find yourself surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees, ferns, rare plants and wonderful wildlife in a recreation of the Victoria region's mountain landscape.

National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

The capital city of the USA is host to its most famous museum of natural history. Generations have stood in the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life and looked up to marvel at the life-size Blue Whale - the biggest animal ever known to have existed.

For over 150 years, the museum has enraptured visitors with the wonders of the natural world. In recent years it's built up a special collection of frozen tissues and genomic and astrophysical data, paving the way for the scientists of tomorrow.

Biodôme de Montréal, Montréal

Oh, Canada! The Biodôme de Montréal recreates five biomes of the Americas under one roof, from the chilly Sub-Antarctic islands to the gentle steams and towering firs of the Laurentian Maple Forest.

Keep your eyes open! Lynx, beaver, otters, and porcupines roam this pleasant landscape. Thanks to its large collection of animals and plants, the Biodôme is a fertile ground for the conservation of species in Quebec.

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