Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum address and telephone

Natural History Museum is located at: Cromwell Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 5BD
You can contact Natural History Museum on Work +44 (0) 207 942 5000
The Natural History Museum website can be visited at

Natural History Museum opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Natural History Museum is open to the public from: 10 AM to 5.50 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 20 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Natural History Museum
Time required:
A typical visit to Natural History Museum lasts 3 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for Natural History Museum is: Adults free entry

How to get to Natural History Museum

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Entrance Hall of the Natural History MuseumThe Entrance Hall Animal exhibits, at the Natural History MuseumSome of the animal exhibits

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The Natural History Museum has 69 million specimens covering every aspect of life on Earth – from our prehistoric past to the present day.

It started life in the 1750s when Sir Hans Sloane left his entire collection to nation. This went on to form the basis for the British Museum, but space soon became an issue – so the flora, fauna and fossils were moved to a separate building in 1881.

Dinosaurs, and other exhibits

The Life Galleries contain many of the most impressive exhibits. As you enter the Dinosaur Hall you are greeted by the towering bones of Diplodocus – an 85-feet long cast of fossilised remains.

The museum includes an atmospheric walkway that lets you get close to the animatronics’ displays, and examines the many theories as to why the dinosaurs became extinct.

There is also a gallery devoted to every kind of bug and beastie that walks and crawls the Earth. (Definitely not for the squeamish.) The museum has its own thousand-strong colony of ants which you can watch from the inside – through static cameras and infra-red optics.

The Mammal Hall includes the impressive skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the roof, and the Darwin Centre has 45,000 jars of pickled remains – destined to grow to over 22 million when the building is complete.

The Ecology Hall focuses on the planet’s plant life. Exhibits include the giant sequoia tree – the largest living thing on the planet. The tree was over 1,335 years old when it was felled in 1892, and measured 276-feet from top to bottom. The gallery explains how traumatic events in Earth’s history have been recorded in its growth rings.

Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

The Natural History Museum’s Earth Galleries are entered through a huge hollow sculpture of the globe. Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed were the weapons of Zeus!

This is one of the Natural History Museum’s most popular galleries, explaining the processes behind Earth’s powerful forces. Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations firsthand, and there is also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket in the 1995 Kobe earthquake – which you can see shiver and shake as the power is unleashed.

If you like jewels and gemstones, then make your way to the Earth’s Treasury, where you can see sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… and lowly grains of sand.

  • bobby – “When you've got some children in tow, one of the best days out is to take them to the the science museum (perfect for kids!) And the natural history museum, which is literally next door to the science museum. As soon as you walk through the door and see the towering bones of the dinosaur glaring down at you know that it will be good. There was a long queue to enter the dinosaur section after that, but it worth it to see the moving robotic t rex. It is like something out of the movie jurassic park! I personally enjoyed the minerals, gemstones and rocks exhibition the best, although I dont think this is so enthralling for the children. For them, it was all about the dinosaurs.”
  • londonlover – “2 minor quibbles first of all: the restaurant is far too expensive and I definitely recommend you bring your own food (kensington gardens is a short walk away and is a lovely place to sit and eat). Minor quibble No.2 is that I like my museums to be quiet but the natural history museum is very geared towards children and sometimes it can be quiet packed, especially with school parties. But leaving those 2 things aside, I must say I love this museum. There is such a wide variety of things to see. The dinosaur exhibits are very famous and may have become a cliche, but from the moment you walk into the hall and see the skeleton tower above you, you are won over. I always feel like a kid again when I see the big dinosaur models and animatronics. People may be bored by the other animals on display, because its no so interesting seeing monkeys and fish when you've just been amazed by the diplodocus, but you should definitel”

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