The Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton's
superb feat of engineering, was built in 1851 to house the
Great Exhibition. Originally erected in Hyde
Park, the great glass-house was dismantled and
rebuilt in Sydenham in 1852. The vast building was then
used for exhibitions, plays and concerts. Its grounds
contained an amusement park, dotted with life-sized models
In 1936 the Crystal Palace caught
fire and was burned to the ground.
The small Crystal Palace Museum
shows the history of the stunning building. The museum
is housed in the old engineering school where John Logie Baird
Very popular with children the
park has a farmyard, boating lake, maze and play area.
The model dinosaurs, which survived the fire, are now classified
as listed buildings.
Views from the park are spectacular
and also unmissable is the vast Crystal Palace TV Transmitter,
located in the park.
Outdoor concerts are held in
the park in the summer. Crystal Palace Park is also home to
the National Sports Centre.
- museum appreciates donations