Natural History Museum Free

Blue Whale, Hintze Hall. Photo: Lucie Goodayle. Image courtesy of the Natural History Museum.
Discover objects from billions of years ago – including dinosaur skeletons - at the Natural History Museum in London.


Delve into the history of planet Earth in the Natural History Museum’s galleries, which house unique treasures from the museum’s collection of more than 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years.

What is there to do at the Natural History Museum?

Top things to see at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington include Hope, the huge blue whale skeleton in the Hintze Hall, fossils in the world-leading Dinosaurs gallery and meteorites from outer space.

Don't miss the latest exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, including the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which features stunning photography of the natural world.

Also keep an eye out for exciting museum Lates events and activities, from yoga and silent discos to dinosaur-themed sleepovers, plus family activities during the school holidays.

During the winter months, you can usually warm up with a skate around the outdoor ice rink in the museum’s grounds.

How long does it take to walk around the Natural History Museum?

With more than 20 galleries and spaces to enjoy, you can easily spend all day here. Relax in the Wildlife Garden, browse the shops, or refuel at one of the museum’s cafes, snack bars or picnic spots.

The museum is split into four zones, so if you’re short on time, pick one of the zones based on your interests.

Is the Natural History Museum free?

The Natural History Museum is free to visit. Some temporary exhibitions and events may require a fee and a pre-booked ticket. Although this attraction is free to enter, you must book a timed entry ticket in advance.

Where is the Natural History Museum?

The Natural History Museum is in South Kensington in London, and forms part of the area’s “Museum Quarter” along with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum.

How to get to the Natural History Museum?

The closest Tube station to the Natural History Museum is South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a five-minute walk away. Gloucester Road station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is seven minutes’ away.

Various bus routes stop close to the Natural History Museum.

There are Santander Cycles docking stations directly outside the museum, at the Exhibition Road entrance.

Prices and opening times

Adult Ticket Free

Entry to the Natural History Museum is free. There are admission charges for some of the special exhibitions and events.

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5.50pm. Last admission 5pm. Open late on the last Thursday of each month.

Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria/Paddington. Either use pedestrian tunnel from South Kensington underground station and exit where signposted or walk up Exhibition Rd and cross Cromwell Rd to locate museum.

Facilities & Accessibility

Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
Ramps within building
Access into the Building
Ramps from parking area to entrance
Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Accessible Communication Facilities
Hearing loop system
Accessible Parking Facilities
Blue badge parking available
Public car park available within two hundred metres of main entrance
Accessible Venue Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Additional Accessible Facilities
Low reception or information counters
Event Facilities
Breakout Rooms
In house AV available
Raked or tiered seating offered
General Facilities
On site parking
Payment Facilities
Free entry

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