Natural History Museum, London
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Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)20 7942 5000

Head of a Diplodocus, Natural History Museum


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The Natural History Museum is a favorite with school-aged children. Not only does it house a vast collection of old bones and stuffed animals (blue zone), this mammoth museum boasts a significant assortment of catalogued plants (orange zone) and whole zones dedicated to evolution and the environment (green zone) as well as the ever-changing earth (red zone). Its some 70 million items include the largest, smallest and rarest natural objects and organisms. Highlights include the Blue Whale, Diplodocus skeleton, animatronic T-rex, Creepy Crawlies gallery, earthquake simulator and Darwin Center.
Getting There
The Natural History Museum is located on Cromwell Road, second entrance on Exhibition Road, and is found in the area of London known as South Kensington. The museum is situated near the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum and is easy to reach by tube and bus. The nearest tube stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road, a 5 and 10-minute walk respectively. Buses 14, 49, 70, 74, 211, 345, 360, 414, 430, and C1 all stop near the museum as do a select few hop-on and hop-off bus tours. The Natural History Museum is outside the congestion charging zone. There is no parking onsite and limited parking in the area. Metered parking is found on Exhibition Road. There is a bicycle parking facility near the Cromwell Road entrance.
Hours & Times
The museum is open daily 10:00 - 17:50; last admission 17:30. Closed December, 24, 25, and 26. The Wildlife Garden is open daily 10:00 - 17:00 April through October. Activities and events are regularly scheduled; advance booking may be required. Check the museum calendar for dates and times. Weekends and UK school holidays are jam-packed.
Things to Keep in Mind
Entry is free but some exhibitions and events require tickets. Wear comfortable shoes. Families traveling with tweens and teens to mature for old bones and specimens may want to give this museum a miss.
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