Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
TfL Fare Zone 1
Housed in an extraordinary, terracotta tiled Victorian building is the Natural History Museum (NHM), one of the largest of its kind in the world. The building itself is worth seeing as well as the fascinating collections inside.
The Museum makes natural science interesting for children and adults alike. Exhibits range from dinosaur skeletons to prehistoric fish still living in the Indian Ocean; minute insects to a 1300 year old giant sequoia tree; and the structure of the earth to the beautiful minerals formed within it.
To help with orientation, the Cromwell Road entrance takes the visitor to the section with dinosaurs, creepy-crawlies and the Blue Whale, and the Exhibition Road entrance to the section featuring volcanoes, earthquakes and the giant Earth model. Two new wings have been built housing the Darwin Centre.
The NHM collections date from the 17th century and include specimens collected by botanist Joseph Banks on his 1768-1771 voyage with Captain James Cook aboard HMS Endeavour. The current Victorian building was built especially to house the collection and opened its doors in 1881.
The museum is divided into zones, each specialising in an earth or life science.
- The Red Zone covers everything to do with our evolving planet, how it formed, the volcanoes and earthquakes that shape it, its mineral wealth and treasures, man’s late arrival on Earth and what can be done to preserve the planet.
- The Green Zone investigates the Earth’s ecology. This zone includes the Central Hall with its cast of a Diplodocus skeleton, 200-million year old dinosaur footprints, fossils, birds, creepy-crawlies and our evolutionary ancestors.
- The Blue Zone shows us the amazing variety of life on Earth from dinosaurs to mammals. We can walk under and look down on the world’s largest mammal, the Blue Whale. See the extraordinary duck-billed platypus, fishes, amphibians and reptiles. Learn how pollution is affecting the planet and what makes up the human body.
- The Orange Zone has the Wildlife Garden which is open from 1 April to 31 October. It is a lush home to thousands of British plants and animal species. The Darwin Centre houses the museum’s collection of specimens preserved in alcohol and the laboratories. Access is through special "behind the scenes tours".
Plan Your Visit
Open every day except 24–26 December: 10:00 – 17:50.
Last admission: 17:30
Free. Donations are always welcome.
Special exhibitions or activities may incur a charge.
On entry to the Museum bags and other personal items are inspected. Avoid bringing any sharp objects such as metal knives, forks, scissors, etc. to the Museum, as they will be confiscated.
Fully accessible. The Exhibition Road entrance has no steps.
There are 5 family friendly cafes and restaurants in the museum and a Picnic Area for eating pre-packed lunches.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)2079 425 000 (9:00-17:30 Mon-Fri)
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- By Underground
South Kensington Station District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
A pedestrian tunnel from the station emerges close to the entrance of the museum.
- By Bus
Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near the museum and some open-top bus tours have stops nearby. We suggest that you use the TfL 'Journey Planner' on this page.
- By Car
The Museum is situated in the "Congestion Charge Zone Web: TfL Congestion Zone
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