Day Tour

Dinosaur Hunt: Discovering the Natural History Museum (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Context Travel

London, United Kingdom

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

Dinosaur Hunt: Discovering the Natural History Museum (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

London, United Kingdom

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Ever wondered about the dinosaurs? They arose from a group of unpromising-looking lizard-like animals and cousins of the crocodiles, and went on to dominate the world for one hundred and sixty-five million years. They were as small as chickens, and as large as double-decker buses. They ate grass, meat, each other and their own children. They were the lions and tigers, the cows and birds, the dogs and cats of the ancient world; they walked the land, swam in the sea and took to the air. And 65 million years ago their story came to an abrupt end.

This is that story.

To make sense of them, we need to look at what came before, and what came after. So this tour covers a vast period of geological time, from the very beginnings of life on earth some four billion years ago, through to the modern diversity of mammals which has it’s origins at the dinosaur’s cataclysmic extinction at 65 MYR. The tour starts with a trip through the Earth Galleries, providing a short geological and geographical background to palaeontology, followed by a run-through of the evolution of life and the timescales involved. We then progress through the dinosaur palaeontology section of the museum, with an introduction to ancient biogeography and dinosaurian anatomy, evolution, diet and behavior. The natural history of the modern world, and how it rushed to fill the gap left by the dinosaurs, will also be examined.

You don’t need to be a scientist to appreciate this tour; all you need is curiosity about the immense variation and splendor of ancient worlds, and to wonder how the planet got to where it is now, and where it is going next.

About Us

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington

Context Travel: One very good tour, one medium good tour

By: Rob


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps