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The Natural History Museum in London
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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
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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

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 Natural History Museum South Kensington


The Natural History Museum has 69 million specimens covering all kinds of life on planet Earth – from dinosaurs in our prehistoric past, to earthquakes, volcanos and man-made climate change.

Dinosaur Gallery

Natural History Museum in South Kensington

The Dinosaur Gallery is undoubtedly the most popular exhibit for kids, and as you enter the main hall you are greeted by the towering bones of a Diplodocus – a life-size cast of an 85-feet long beast.

The dinosaur rooms contain fossilised remains of nests and eggs, dino footprints, and some full-size skeletons of an Iguanodon, Allosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl. They also examine why the dinosaurs died out and became extinct.

Natural History Museum entrance hall

Mammals and insects

The Mammal Hall contains the stuffed remains of every animal you can think of – it’s like a dead zoo, with a life-size cast of a blue whale suspended from the roof.

You can get close to some bugs and insects in the creepy-crawly gallery. It’s definitely not for the squeamish, because this is the one part of the museum that actually has live animals in it – including a thousand-strong colony of ants which you can watch through static cameras and infra-red optics.

Entrance hall

Plant life in the Ecology Hall

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

Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

The Earth Hall and escalator

The Natural History Museum’s Earth Galleries are entered through the centre of a huge, pulsating, molten red sculpture of the earth. Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be 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 first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

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

Craig’s review of the Natural History Museum

This review originally appeared in his London blog

Dinosaur skeleton of Triceratops

I quite like the Natural History Museum because it’s a bit like London Zoo, except everything in it is dead. They’ve got lots of life-size elephants, lions, rhinos, crocodiles, giraffes, birds, lizards and fish… every kind of living thing, all stuffed and put on display.

The one thing that everyone remembers about the Natural History Museum from their youth is the big huge dinosaur skeleton that stands in the entrance hall. I found out today that his name is Dippy, and he’s a fake! He’s not a real skeleton at all – he’s just a copy.

Dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum

If you go left from there then you can see all of the proper fossils in the Dinosaur Gallery. There’s a suspended walkway across the length of the room so you can get a good look at the bones as you walk level with their heads, and then you double back and see them from the floor.

Animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex

When you get to the end you turn a corner and suddenly come face-to-face with a giant animatronic T. Rex, lurching around his little bit of swampy jungle, with his big jaws swinging towards the crowd. On the walk back they show you some smaller exhibits like fossilised eggs and footprints, and videos of how the dinosaurs met their maker.

Mammals at the Natural History Museum

My favourite part of the museum was probably the zoo-like section, where they display all the stuffed animals in cabinets. It’s a taxidermist’s dream. Honest to god… they must have every kind of animal on earth on show. And I don’t just mean their bones, either – but full-size specimens with big teeth and fur. Imagine if your favourite cat died and you had it sitting stuffed on the mantelpiece – that is exactly what it’s like, only with polar bears and monkeys. The fish bit even had a blue whale suspended from the ceiling!

Stuffed birds exhibition

The most famous exhibit was probably the Dodo. They’ve got a couple of those on show, along with a load of eagles, peacocks and colourful tropical birds. Then you head into the creepy crawly section where you can see some ants and bugs and slugs and locusts. They’ve got an ant farm as well, where you can watch them traipsing their way across a log carrying bits of leaf to build their nest. They were probably the only living animals in the museum (although I imagine it would be quite difficult to stuff an ant).

Animal exhibits, at the Natural History Museum

I didn’t really enjoy the ecology section because that was just a lot of trees and plants, but it got better when you headed into the ’Earth Hall’. The entrance for this bit was up a huge escalator through the centre of the Earth, and inside is an explanation of how the planet works.

Stuffed animals at the Natural History Museum

This section covers stuff like volcanos, earthquakes and asteroids. One of the most popular exhibits was supposed to be a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the Kobe earthquake. But all you do is stand on the floor whilst the building shakes around you. The floor hardly shakes at all – all you get are pots and pans and boxes banging about on the walls. If that was the worst earthquake in Japanese history then it was a piece of cake!

They’ve also got a big display of rocks, minerals and gemstones, including stuff like quartz, rubies and diamonds. That was actually more interesting than it sounds, because they had big bits of amber which contained the bodies of little insects, millions of years old – exactly like the plot of Jurassic Park.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s latest review of the Natural History Museum  “If you hate noisy kids then trust me: this isn’t the museum for you. Because it’s absolutely full of them. They’re not the type who hold their daddy’s hand and ask their mum for permission to speak. They’re the school party type. They come in army-like battalions of thirty of more, all moving through the rooms like they’re on a forced march through the Fens. But anyway… that’s the downside quickly dealt with. I’m going to cheer up now because I think the museum itself is pretty great. In fact, I rate the Natural History Museum as the second-best museum in London after the V&A (I can never decide which one is best: this one or that one). And it’s not just the exhibits that I like – it’s the building itself… continued.”

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If you’re into animals then try the London Aquarium and London Zoo. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo might be worth a try if you’ve got young kids). Chessington World of Adventures is worth a look as well. You can do some birdwatching at the London Wetland Centre, and see some more Natural History Museum-like animals skeletons at the Hunterian Museum.

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  • 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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