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The Natural History Museum takes visitors on a captivating journey through the wonders of nature. As one of the largest natural history museums in the world, it houses a collection of over 80 million exhibits, including the skeletons of dinosaurs, or that of a blue whale, as well as fossils, gemstones, and minerals. The exhibits in the architecturally impressive building range from the prehistoric past to the mysteries of the universe. The Natural History Museum in London promises an unforgettable journey through space and time, connecting the world of science, education, and enthusiasm in an inspiring way through interesting and interactive exhibitions.
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11 tips for visiting the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum from the Outside | Flickr: Martin Pettitt CC-BY 2.0
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Purchase tickets in advanceTo visit the Natural History Museum, you should definitely buy a ticket beforehand. The queue is incredibly long and often you can't even get into the museum without a ticket.
Natural History Museum Architectural Details | Flickr: Tim Bartel CC-BY 2.0
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Time PlanningThe Natural History Museum is large and has many fascinating exhibitions. Plan enough time to discover the many highlights. Half a day to a full day is ideal.
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Make your visit an experience!Many exhibits in the Natural History Museum are interactive. Seize the opportunity to touch things and try them out.
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Child-friendlyThe museum is particularly child-friendly. There are numerous interactive areas and activities that enchant children, such as Dino Dig, where they can dig for fossils themselves.
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Do not miss the highlightsBe sure to plan a visit to the dinosaur gallery, in the blue zone (the museum is divided into zones for easier orientation), and in the Darwin Centre. These are probably the most impressive areas of the museum.
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Admire the architectureDo not forget to look around besides the many exhibits. The Natural History Museum is an architectural gem both inside and outside.
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Avoid crowdsThose who want to avoid crowds as much as possible should arrive early in the morning and during the week.
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Guided tours and presentationsParticipate in a guided tour or attend a presentation to learn more about specific topics. This can often deepen your understanding and be very entertaining.
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SouvenirsThe museum shop offers a variety of souvenirs and gifts. Plan some time to visit the shop after your visit to the museum.
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Bring your phone or cameraPhotography is allowed in the museum. Take the opportunity to capture your memories. However, please be respectful towards other visitors who may not want to be immortalized in your photos.
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Self-guided toursOn the museum's website, there are various guides to tours you can take. Check out the tours and decide for yourself what you want to discover. Some of them are narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Exhibits | Flickr: Martin Pettitt CC-BY 2.0

What is there to discover at the Natural History Museum?

Here you will find a brief description of the most popular areas of the museum.
Skeletons of dinosaurs | Flickr: sctkirk CC-BY 2.0

Dinosaur Gallery

The Dinosaur Gallery is undoubtedly one of the main highlights. Here you encounter impressive dinosaur skeletons, including a part of the T-Rex or the skeleton of an Iguanodon. The exhibition provides insights into the prehistoric world and the development as well as the extinction of these gigantic creatures.

Human Evolution Gallery

What makes us human? To answer this question, you can greet our prehistoric relatives in the Human Evolution Gallery and follow the origins and evolution of our species. The journey starts seven million years ago and ends with the last surviving human species: `you`. Notable exhibits in this gallery include life-size models of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens, as well as skull and hand casts of the recently discovered human species Homo naledi.
Minerals | Flickr: Rodrigo Gómez Sanz CC-BY 2.0

Earth's Treasury

Earth's Treasury is an exhibition room dedicated to the treasures of the Earth, from gemstones to rare minerals. Here you learn more about the formation and diversity of rocks and minerals that shape our planet, as well as about the use of metal over the millennia. Highlights in this room include mineral wonders that glow in the dark, or gold nuggets, diamonds, sapphire, ruby, and emerald specimens.

Wildlife Garden

The Wildlife Garden is a green refuge in the heart of London. Here you can discover a variety of plants and animals in their natural habitat. The garden offers a welcome change from the indoor exhibitions and the opportunity to learn more about the native flora and fauna.
Escalator to Earth Hall | Flickr: Ungry Young Man CC-BY 2.0

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

The forces inside shape the face of our planet. With the earthquake simulator, experience the forces of the earthquake from 1995 in Kobe, Japan and discover volcanic glass and crystals that were formed under intense pressure beneath the earth's surface. Through film recordings, exhibits, and interactive games, visitors are illustrated the forces of the earth.

Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre is a modern part of the museum dedicated to scientific research and the understanding of biodiversity. Here you can observe scientists at work, see living insect colonies, and learn more about the principles of evolution. In the adjacent courtyard, you can make yourself comfortable for a small break.
Blue whale skeleton in the Hintze Hall | Flickr: Simon Morris CC-BY 2.0

Hintze Hall

The Hintze Hall is the gateway to the collections and galleries of the museum. It impresses with its imposing architecture and the atmospheric design in the style of a cathedral. The central exhibit is the 25m (82ft) long suspended skeleton of a blue whale, which symbolizes the museum's commitment to the wonders of nature. Besides this iconic centerpiece, the Hintze Hall houses a wealth of meteorites, mammals, fish, birds, minerals, plants, and insects. This space is not only a visual spectacle but also serves as a venue for educational programs, workshops, and special events, making it a dynamic and integral part of the museum experience.

General Information

Please remember that this is just a selection of highlights. There are many fascinating exhibitions at the Natural History Museum that may influence your visit depending on your interests. We also recommend visiting the Natural History Museum's website for events such as yoga classes, temporary exhibitions, or lectures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cloakroom in the museum?

Yes, the museum offers a cloakroom where you can store jackets and bags. Note that large bags that cannot be carried must be checked in. The cloakroom is not free of charge, and the price depends on what you store. Read more.

Are there special activities for children in the museum?

Yes, the museum is particularly child-friendly. There are interactive areas, workshops, and the Dino Dig where kids can dig for fossils. Check the event calendar for special, child-friendly activities. Read more.

Is the Natural History Museum accessible?

The museum is largely wheelchair accessible; there are elevators and ramps. Accessible restrooms are available. Guide dogs are allowed, with the exception of the Spirit Collection Tour (behind the scenes tour). The museum staff is trained to assist visitors with special needs. There is a wheelchair rental, although it is recommended to reserve one in advance. The museum strives to provide information in accessible formats. This can include audio guides, large print materials, Braille, and other resources. For neurodiverse visitors, there are also quiet rooms available. Read more.

What else is there to see in South Kensington?

If you're already in South Kensington, you can also visit the Victoria and Albert Museum or the Science Museum. You can have a unique multisensory experience at Dopamine Land. The Thin House with a width of 1.8m (6ft) is London's narrowest house. It's inhabited; you're welcome to take pictures from the outside, but please do not knock. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The museum is always open from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm (Monday - Sunday, last entry at 5:30 pm). Only from December 24 to 26 the museum is closed.

tickets

Admission to the Natural History Museum in London is free, except for special exhibitions.

website

Official site: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

address

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

how to get there

The nearest London Underground stations are South Kensington or Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines). Alternatively, the 360 bus line to the South Kensington Museums stop can be used.
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