2-for-1 Museum Tickets with Eurostar Ticket

Lyuba the woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius, is 85cm tall and 130cm long, about the size of a large dog Photo credit: NHM London

Lyuba the woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius,
is 85cm tall and 130cm long, about the size of a large dog Photo credit: NHM London

Hold on to your Eurostar ticket when traveling between France, England and Belgium. Having completely forgotten about the 2-for-1 museum-Eurostar partnership myself, we paid full price for a Natural History Museum exhibit on mammoths. Read more about these entry ticket benefits in Paris Good Deals for a Boat, a Train and 4 Museums.

Buying tickets for the Natural History Museum
Several alternatives are available for buying your tickets and entering the museum: On-line, at the gate, using the 2-for-1 Eurostar-museum ticket.

The current full price for this exhibit is ten euros. If you are 60 or over, ask for the “concession” price (saves you four euros off the full price). Children prices are available.

We were in London and jumped in to the museum for a quick visit before our 2 p.m. Eurostar trip back to Paris. If you are planning a London trip before September 7, I recommend the “Mammoths: Ice Age Giants” exhibit. The last mammoth died out around 3,600 years ago. The great pyramid of Giza in Egypt was already 1,000 years old. The baby mammoth, Lyuba, lived 42,000 years ago and was found in Siberia in 2007. Lyuba is on display in London until September 7, 2014.

For those visiting London with children or adults with a short attention span, this exhibit is set up with plenty of three-minute videos produced by the Field Museum in Chicago. The exhibit provides lots of facts about aging, diet, other animal giants, skeletons, tusks, and visuals but not at all overwhelming. You come away feeling you did learn something new.

The mammoth and elephant models are there to be touched and stroked. Several inter-action displays are set up. Two children on opposite sides of a display box were attempting to pick up objects. The display has two different mechanical handles whose movements simulate an elephant trunk.

The actual baby mammoth (about a month old) is well preserved, and still has short hairs running along a ridge on the back of a hind leg. The scientists and the exhibit explain how they are equipped to age the animal in several ways, decide on its diet, explain why the baby ate dung (poo!), etc.

Entrance Hints
The queue was already well in place for the Sunday opening time of 10 a.m. at the front entrance when we arrived. Thanks to a friend’s advice, we had no problem buying a ticket. Buy your ticket at the butterfly tent to the right of the main entrance and enter on the side entrance. Go to the butterfly tent to the right of the main entrance.

With your timed-entry ticket, enter the museum at the side entrance on Exhibition Road. We received tickets for a 10:15 am entry.
Because this was a last-minute decision, we did not buy on line, which is also recommended.
Another alternative is to enter on the Exhibition Road side and buy your ticket at the entry to the exhibition where a sign will inform you of the ticket availability for the day.

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