Once you get over the amazing terracotta facade and Victorian architecture of the Natural History Museum in London, you will be able to explore the incredible and renowned collection of specimens located inside.
The Museum is divided into four zones, each with many galleries representing Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaentology, and Zoology. The display of dinosaur skeletons is renowned. In addition to the displays the museum has a variety of events and activities each day ranging from talks and tours to films.
Since the Natural History Museum is a public museum it has free admission to all of its permanent galleries. This alone makes it a great place to visit, especially when travelling on a budget.
The Natural History Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm except on December 24-26th.
This museum is located at the intersection of Cromwell and Exhibition Road adjacent to both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum, so you may want to consider visiting them while in the area.
For more information about the Natural History Museum as well as exhibitions and hours see the official website link below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Natural History Museum LondonFee: No
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK
Phone: 020 7942 5000
Official Website: Natural History Museum London
Ratedout of 5
What a magnificent museum! We normally come on weekends with our little one. It is quite overwhelming for a young toddler to be in here. It is quite noisy and many traffic even though the museum is huge! If you enter from the main gate, you will find the iconic ‘Hope’ blue whale skeleton up in the ceiling. The hall is with such high ceilings and lights come through the windows. It is one of the best places to visit with kids in winter. It’s one of our favourite winter activities in London. The dinosaur room has a huge model with sounds. The kids love it. Do go upstairs if you want the best view of the museum, you will get a great photo!
J. Q - 7 days ago
Best Museum to visit. There is something of interest for every age, culture, character, human. The museums in London are free of entrance which is a great cultural offer I think. U just have to book a ticket online and show it when u enter. If u r really into museums one day isn't enough at all u need at least 3 days here.
Mary L - 4 days ago
An absolutely stunning museum with many new renewed exhibits. The dinosaur exhibit was such a huge success with the kids and they even had life-size dinosaur installations all over the museum. The gift shop is a nice place to pick out a variety of gifts for all ages and prices. The only challenge was navigating the museum during mid-terms and when it’s holidays all over Europe. The queue to enter was huge, it moved quickly though but once inside, it was an intense time with the crowded spaces and managing little ones.
SebCeleste M - 17 days ago
We went on a Friday afternoon, and it was super busy and I think this affected the experience. I am the sort that typically require some space and quite to ponder on the specimens and exhibitions. There was also a long queue, guessing this had to do with the fact it was a Bank Holiday weekend. The Museum itself wasn't bad. Sections of the building and ground was under renovation but this didn't take away from the beauty of the building. I thought it was grand. I loved the intricate designs both in and out as well as the elegant ceilings. Those were worth paying attention too as well. And the hanging specimens from the roof were a stunner. Although the weather control didn't seem to work and it was mostly a sweaty experience, we still managed to have a good time. In the end, we found the Cafe/Restaurant on the ground floor and sat by a fan. The toilet was clean.
Ade - 2 months ago
This museum is amazing and not just for kids! The Natural History Museum is free for all, but of course it’s great if you can donate to keep the place going. Exhibitions are at an additional cost. I always love coming here and feel like a I learn so much. The building is stunning, and it’s even worth walking around and looking at the beautiful ceilings the centre has. This museum has everything from Dinosaurs, rocks, insects, animals and planets. There are many interactive elements, which is great for kids, but also a lot of in-depth information for adults. There are quite a few cafes inside to grab something to eat and drink and the pricing is not too outrageous. I highly recommend everyone visit this museum.
Joanna Louise - 1 month ago
Accommodations near Natural History Museum London:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines||South Kensington Station||5 MInutes|
How to get to Natural History Museum London by Tube
From South Kensington Station exit onto Thurloe Street and walk to your right (east) ½ block to Exhibition Road and follow it north, then go left on Cromwell Road. The museum is just ahead on your right.
Map & Instant Route Finder
Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.