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The skeleton of a blue whale hangs from the ceiling of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum.
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.

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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 objects 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 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 events and activities, from yoga and silent discos to dinosaur-themed sleepovers and behind-the-scenes tours, plus family activities during the school holidays.  

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 quiet Darwin Centre, 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 an admission fee and a pre-booked ticket.

During busy periods, the museum may not always be able to accommodate walk-in entry, so booking a timed entry ticket is recommended.  

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 12 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 5.30pm. Closed 24-26 December.

Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Address
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD
Telephone:
+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.

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