Natural History Museum

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  • The Red Zone

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    The Red Zone
  • The Central Hall

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    The Central Hall
  • The Darwin Wing

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    The Darwin Wing
  • Reptiles specimen bottles

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    Reptiles specimen bottles
  • The Dinosaur exhibit

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    The Dinosaur exhibit
  • Dinosaur bones

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    Dinosaur bones
  • The Natural History Museum

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    South Kensington Seven Wonders of London

    The Natural History Museum
  • The building's architecture

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    The building's architecture

The Red Zone

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  • Address:

    Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd
    London
    SW7 5BD

  • Venue phone:

    020 7942 5000

  • Venue website:

    www.nhm.ac.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Daily 10am-5.50pm (last adm 5.30pm)

  • Transport:

    Tube: South Kensington

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    1. Natural History Museum
      • Cromwell Rd
        London
        SW7 5BD
      • 020 7942 5000
      • www.nhm.ac.uk
      • 51.496564,-0.176868

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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

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The haunting carvings in the British Museum’s Ice Age Art exhibition last year gave us a real taste for prehistory, so we’re thrilled about this new blockbuster at the Natural History Museum. The artefacts alone sound amazing: a hippo tooth dug up in...

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
  1. Wed Apr 16 – Sun Sep 28
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  3. £9; £4.50 seniors, students, children; f...
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014

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Normally reserved for children, this Natural History Museum sleepover is designed for adults with an 'enquiring mind'. The event invites you to bring a sleeping bag and enjoy activities including a science show, stand-up comedy and live music. A ticket...

Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014
  1. Fri May 16 – Sat May 17
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, United Kingdom, SW7 5BD
  3. £175, £160 members
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014

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Normally reserved for children, this Natural History Museum sleepover is designed for adults with an 'enquiring mind'. The event invites you to bring a sleeping bag and enjoy activities including a science show, stand-up comedy and live music. A ticket...

Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014
  1. Fri Jun 20 – Sat Jun 21
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, United Kingdom, SW7 5BD
  3. £175, £160 members
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014

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Normally reserved for children, this Natural History Museum sleepover is designed for adults with an 'enquiring mind'. The event invites you to bring a sleeping bag and enjoy activities including a science show, stand-up comedy and live music. A ticket...

Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014
  1. Fri Aug 22 – Sat Aug 23
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, United Kingdom, SW7 5BD
  3. £175, £160 members
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014

Things to do

Normally reserved for children, this Natural History Museum sleepover is designed for adults with an 'enquiring mind'. The event invites you to bring a sleeping bag and enjoy activities including a science show, stand-up comedy and live music. A ticket...

Dino Snores for Grown Ups 2014
  1. Sat Oct 25 – Sun Oct 26
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, United Kingdom, SW7 5BD
  3. £175, £160 members
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Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

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Come face to face with some of the largest mammals to have walked the Earth. Huge fossils, skeletons and life-sized models will tower over you in a mighty clash of tusks and trunks. Meet the infamous woolly mammoth, the spiral-tusked Columbian mammoth...

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants
  1. Fri May 23 – Sun Sep 7
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  3. £10, £5 kids and concs, free under-3s, £...
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Night Safari

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An after-hours tour of the museum's Central Hall and adjoining galleries with a chance to meet the scientists and get up close and personal with animal specimens. You can hit the bar post-tour, where the scientists will also be available to answer qu...

Night Safari
  1. Wed Jul 9
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  3. £28, £25 members
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Night Safari: Back from the Field

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An after-hours tour of the museum's Central Hall and adjoining galleries with a chance to meet the scientists and get up close and personal with animal specimens. You can hit the bar post-tour, where the scientists will also be available to answer questions....

Night Safari: Back from the Field
  1. Mon Jun 9
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  3. £28, £25 members
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Sensational Butterflies

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The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a sixth year in 2014 to a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum's east lawn. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho, the...

Sensational Butterflies
  1. Wed Apr 16 – Sun Sep 14
  2. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  3. £5.50, £19 family ticket, free under-4s
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Nicola T

I love going to the Natural History Museum, the building itself is worth seeing, beautiful architecture. The exhibits are so good, you can spend a whole day here happily!


My favourite place in the whole of the UK. Stunning building with truly brilliant exhibits. I can highly recommend the Charles Darwin tour of the behind the scenes collections. See where they prepare the exhibits, keep flesh eating bugs and the giant squid - Archie. Fantastic.

Bonnie

A place where you can spend hours looking at one room let alone the whole building. Once you arrive you are already in awe of the architecture. Once you have entered you are astounded by science. There is something for everyone from rare and wonderful precious stones to the life size blue whale. There are constantly new exhibitions and the last friday of the month is museum lates! Suitable for all ages and not to be missed!

Lesley

One of my favourite places to visit in London . It doesn't matter if you are alone, with family or even a class of 30 rampaging children the Natural History Museum has something for everyone. The museum is a maze, easily negotiated, of information, facts and fun. My most recent visit was to a late night opening with my husband and son. The atmosphere was amazing and although full of people it was a really enjoyable experience. Anyone interested in nature, fossils, dinosaurs, history, science etc etc should make sure they visit

Ann Grisdale

I went here as a child and remember loving it but can't recall a lot about it. Returned a couple of weekends ago with my eldest daughter. What a brilliant place it is. We are both adults and found it totally enthralling. Make sure you visit the dinosaurs and the marine mammal display with the blue whale. Jaw-dropping, fabulous Place and a totally fascinating day out.

Emma Carroll

Fantastic day for all the family. Fascinating exhibitions. Dinosaurs and animals are the best exhibits there. Children will love these. Beautiful building too. Love going here. Always extra exhibits running.

Becci

I have been here so many times as a child and love the dinosaurs and the huge whale in particular. I recently saw the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition and it was fantastic. I think it cost £12.50 but worth every penny.

Rachel Rudkin

The most amazingly beautiful building housing a seemingly endless collection of treasures. I have magical memories of my childhood there, and now take my children as often as I can - just a couple of rooms at a time so they don't get overloaded. My favourite moment is always when I enter the hall and see the dinosaur skeleton statue.

waseem khan

Great for the kids and adults too! We are never tired of going to the Natural History Museum and entry is free! Housed in a great building there's so much to enjoy. Staff are always polite and helpful.

kathleen weetman

My family, visitors from Scotland have been to the National History Museum on a number of visits. Unlike museums of a similar type ,it is bright, easy to navigate and has exhibits for all ages. My little grandson , three at the time of his visit ,was spellbound. The entry is free a good thing for families and O.A,P. s. There is a clear route to follow, easy access for the disabled and very helpful staff. Well done to all who work there. You make us want to return again and again.

Sofia

A great to place to go back again and again. Also a great place for people who dislike the common and usual to try for a date. There's always something new you can learn there.

Schleifer

A great free museum. You can spend the whole day here with or without your family. When my son was younger we came here once a week and did just that. In the morning we would do the dinosaur walk, past the animatronic creatures and up on the bridge, followed by a walk throught the ammals. Then we would go for lunch, an activity, a trip to the shop (this may take a while), a walk in the garden with ice-cream and then home. A perfect day out. The food can be pricey but you can bring your own and in the summer you can sit in the grounds and eat. The gift shop can also get pricey but there are many smaller token gifts that are easy on the wallet.

Sarah

A great museum for all the family with great evening events. The exhibitions are good value for money and fascinating for both kids and adults!

andrew anderson

Without a doubt one of my favourite museums which i first visited on a primary school trip back in 1970.The Darwin centre with its cocoon is spectacular as is the main building with all its animal carvings in the stonework. Well worth a visit

Jan Pearce

I took my grand children it is a wonderful place , lots of information and people to ask, they were in enthralled by the amount of displays,not once did they say they were bored.They did a diary on what they saw and are now busy writing up all about it to tell their school.

Jessi Le Brocq

In the long list of possible museums that do seem to roll into one for those travelling Europe and the UK this is one definitely NOT to be missed. Wonderful exhibitions, clearly and creatively set out and with a range of fantastic interactive displays the Natural History Museum is a treat for all ages. You won't even notice that your learning!

Adrien Morgan

I'm happy now to be in my Twilight years as I have time now to do want I want, but visiting the museum I was so caught up with all the exciting, intriguing, sights that I saw, my time went all to quickly. I know though that I can return time and again, and I defiantly will.

George A

An absolutely fantastic place!! As soon as you walk through the doors, you Learn something you didn't know!! A fantastic place for children and their parents, to explore the worlds history

S Anderson

Excellent place to spend a few hours on a budget, the fact that it's free is brilliant as it would definitely be worth paying to go if they charged! So many interesting things to see, you would never be able to do it all in a day.

Diane Green

This is the most amazing place for children of all ages, and yes that includes adults as well. My grandchildren went for the first time last year and were bemused, amazed and delighted with all parts of this fantastic Museum. When people first think of a museum, they imagine it to be boring. This could not be further from the truth of the Natural History Museum. It is one of numerous attractions in London and my grandchildren keep asking when they can go back there. All four of them spent hours there and did not want to leave to return home. If it weren't for the excessive price of rail fare, hotels etc in the capital they would have stayed and be able to return but, unfortunately this is not the case. Hopefully they will be able to do so in the future fingers crossed. An amazing attraction well worth the money unlike some other places for tourists.

Kelsey J

Don't be put off by the line-up - it's worth it! This expansive museum has several exhibits and more than you can get through in a day, so plan ahead with what you want to see. The dinosaurs are particularly popular, but I also enjoyed the human biology, memory, and learning exhibits, as well as the many animal displays. Regardless of your age, there is tons to learn here and it is geared to be inviting for all age groups. If you're in on a weekend and can't find anywhere to eat lunch, try the very basement level usually reserved for school groups - lots of picnic tables and a small concession.

John Nelmes

The best free attraction in London, without a doubt. No visit to London is complete without at least spending half a day at the Natural History Museum. We arrived around 15 minutes before the opening time on a Saturday in April and the queue was to the street corner - do not be alarmed - it only took 10 minutes to get in once the doors opened. Once inside, I let me children decide what they wanted to see, but even they were torn in every direction, wanting to do everything at once! The dinosaur section is particularly good, as is the mammal section towards the rear. My boys also liked the rare and precious minerals and gems (having played Minecraft) on the first floor. You need to spend some time here - you will not get around the entire museum and see everything, so plan ahead for the exhibitions you would like to visit. The staff wee extremely helpful - at one point my youngest was handed some type of skull and asked to guess what animal it was by an attendant in the main lobby. Travel to the museum is easy via underground - the nearest station is South Kensington, around 3 minutes walk from the front entrance. Overall - you have to go and visit this museum when you visit London! Visited April 2013 - 1 adult and 2 children aged 8 and 13.

Olivia Wright

I visited this Museum in May while i was visiting London for my Birthday. The weather was poring with rain and we were in the area so we decided to pop in while the storm passed. I wasn't expecting to be in there long but we ended up staying the whole afternoon. The place is huge with so much to see and do! I especially love the esculator into the burning planet and the dino skeletons! The best part has to be the T-REX. he looked so real! I would definitely reccommend the museum for anyone visiting London!

sophie

love the National History Museum, it is a must see when visiting London! My favourite was seeing all the dinosaurs exhibit. Truely amazing and its free. Great for families and couples.

Miha

Best museum in London! Very big and eduacational. In other countries are museums much smaller and expensive. This one is free! I recommend to visit it. Especially part with dinosaurs. If you have kids is this main thing to do in London!

Miha

It is really amazing museum. A lot interesting and very educational things. Must see in London (especially if you have kids). Recommend it :)

luisa diaz

Thank you so much for letting us discover this wonderful museum where time seems to stop and you fell like in a voyage of discovery, you find out new things about life and about yourself and that makes you feel like you are moving forward. This is one of the things as always ...the best things are for free!!

PS

I have loved going here since I was a child and am still fascinated by all the exhibits.

Sjaniel Turrell

My son asks me at least once every 2 weeks to go to the Natural History Museum. Children never tire of it. There is just so much to see and do. Perfect for families who need to keep there kids entertained indoors for a day - they can run from exhibit to exhibit until they are exhausted. But remember to go early in holiday seasons - once the crowds arrive you may have to queue for a long time. If you get there early enough, you can walk straight in and have a blast.

lindsay harris

We visited here for the 1st time this summer and we left exhausted and with sore feet after a fantastic day. Its huge and there's so much to see. We went primarily to see the dinosaurs and the display was amazing I took about 100 pics. We didn;t think we would enjoy the Human Biology display but it turned out to our favorite, all the displays and experiments mad it really interesting for my 8 year old and myself too. Its all very easy to navigate as the map and guidebook are great andthe colour coding helps. We had a picnic with us but the restaurant looked good but busy, there was a smaller snack bar in the orange section which seemed to have a good selection and was much less packed. We were told to expect huge queues but arrived around 10 and headed to the side entrance we only queued around 15 mins which wasnt bad at all and there were staff selling guidebooks in the queue which gave us something to look at. All in all a brilliant and fun day and I can't believe its all free.

BEKI LACY

Another one of my MUST SEE places in London for any tourist. You do need the best part of a day to get around it if it's your first time but it's absolutely jam packed with amazing artifacts and interesting bits and bobs! My favourite part is the T-Rex exhibition, I won't give too much away for anyone who hasn't been but it's really impressive stuff! Such an awe inspiring building too, even just seeing it from the outside is a must - get yourselves to The Natural History Museum!

Rosa

The best museum in London. I never get tired of visiting. The building itself is so beautiful. I go at least once every 2 months. Love it.

Line

The National History Museum is my favorite museum in London. It has got a lot of interesting exhibitions every time I go there. The museum is massive and the building is beautiful. It has got a lot of dinosaurs skeletons, and my favorite part is where they have animals exhibitions. They totally look alive. Take your time and enjoy every room in this museum. Wont regret!!

Louise Larcombe

If I could only recommend one thing to non-Londoners visiting London it would be to go to the Natural History Museum. I love it, you need a lot of time in there to do it properly. The best thing is that most people will love it, not just children. I like the gemstones section and the weird section (dead animals in jars) there's so much for the eyes to see! Definitely 5 out of 5.

Lucy Pasifull

If there is one definitive museum to take your children to it is the Natural History museum. The iconic dinosaur skeletons that stand on guard in the entrance hall will leave an impression in their minds forever but it is the side exhibitions that will captivate them. Each visit is different as the museum is so vast.

Caz

We have a wonderful time every visit. My best tip is to pick a room and really concentrate on it. You won't see everything in the museum in one visit, so don't try to. Relax, enjoy and learn.

Becky C

Without a doubt the best museum in London AND it's free! Timing is everything unless you want to share your experience with 1000 children on school trips or spend an hour queueing (Saturday, I'm looking at you) but evenso it's well worth the wait.