Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
4.5
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A center of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through such exciting exhibits as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 6 min walk
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  • Suzanne D
    Essex, Vermont25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic London!
    A London classic! I brought my cousin here, as it was her first time in London and she was thoroughly impressed. The main hall with Hope the Blue Whale is just so stunning and beautiful! The exhibits were well done and interesting and the large gift shop had a lot of neat souvenirs to bring home. This is my favorite London museum and I will always go back when in town.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Sightseer61853071663
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Titanosaur exhibition ..........wow!
    Went specifically for the Titanosaur exhibition. We were not disappointed. Having so much hands-on information was engaging for the children, especially having staff around to encourage handling and discussion about specific items, such as jaw bones, all leading to the main exhibit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Matt_Y2302
    Cardiff, United Kingdom304 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Confusion
    A bit confusing prior to visiting I looked on the website and it requested I booked a slot. However on arrival the tickets were not checked and people came and passed. The venue was a bit overcrowded. So levels could have been controlled. Amazing artefacts though.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Dan
    Sydney, Australia60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids - Titanosaur exhibition
    We visited the Natural History Museum in July 2023 with ours kids aged 7 and 11. Our kids love dinosaurs, so we paid to enter the Titanosaur exhibition. The Museum is a beautiful old building which is impressive in its own right. The day we visited was pretty packed but that's to be expected at this time of the year. We were a little short of time so had to rush through most of the exhibits. We spent more time in the Titanosaur exhibition which was great and the kids loved it. It's quite interactive which keeps the kids engaged. Overall we would recommend the NHM, especially if you / your kids like dinosaurs 🦕!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • nowpacking
    Dallas, Texas3,233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Museum
    Stepping into the main hall is absolutely stunning - the architecture and huge skeleton of a Blue Whale suspended from the highest level provides endless views and photo opportunities! We really enjoyed the Gemstone and Mineral Gallery with the gorgeous oak display cases from 1881, especially the 9,381 carat flawless blue topaz gemstone and real gold nuggets! Don’t miss The Vault at the end of the room for even more rare and beautiful gems.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Laura J
    Sheffield, United Kingdom227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an amazing experience
    This is the most amazing Museum I have ever had the chance of going to, you have to block out a whole day due it being so massive inside. The exhibits are out of this world, from a full size (almost complete) Stegosaurus Skeleton to one of the earliest examples of human burials to natural disaster, this place has it all. I found the dinosaur exhibit to be my personal favorite and would recommend anyone with children to come here as there are animatronic dinosaurs and creatures in a few sections of the museum which is really engaging for them. There are plenty of places to eat while inside and benches to sit throughout as It can get tiring walking round there for hours. Overall, I would come here again everyday if I could and would recommend to anyone wanting a fun and interesting day out.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • BerylVB
    Greater London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding pictures
    Went to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Outstanding photography by children and adults in some unusual situations. Each backlit photo was accompanied by the name land country of residence of the photographer together with details of the camera and settings used as well as information on the actual picture. Well displayed and extremely interesting
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit
    This museum is free to enter, although donations are encouraged, and worth it just for the spectacular classical building. The dinosaur exhibit was great - lots of fossils and life sized working models of dinosaurs. The other exhibits are slightly more mixed - plenty of stuffed animals, full sized models of animals and an interesting volcano and earthquake exhibit, although some of the items are slightly tired. There are lots of food and beverage outlets and shops and it is a brilliant place to take children for the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Helen B
    St. Andrews, United Kingdom26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    Beautiful building with lots of fascinating things too see. The skeleton of the blue whale is amazing. The only down side was how busy the dinosaur exhibit was, it was hard to actually see anything well in there, perhaps timed tickets would be an idea to reduce the number of people going through at once as it is clearly a very popular area of the museum and also splitting up school groups into smaller numbers as sometimes it was hard to get around them.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • tasgard
    Hobart, Australia316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Need a second visit to take it all in
    The Natural History Museum, South Kensington, is a must see. The building that houses the museum collections is itself is an outstanding piece of Architecture. Inside is just a grand. The complex is so vast that I suggest you obtain the building exhibition map and brochure as soon as you arrive and plan your journey around the many floors and separate exhibitions so as to not miss any of your favourites. The day we visited there appeared to be literally thousands of school children excitedly touring the exhibits. This possibly happens every day, so be warned. We put in around three hours in the Museum and did not see everything we wanted to. A second visit would be ideal. The Victoria and Albert Museum is next door and the Science Museum is around the corner so you can fill your day easily just visiting the museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
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Olivia Y
Columbus, OH312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is, without a doubt, the best Natural History Museum I've ever visited. Every exhibit I toured was filled with countless intriguing artifacts and models, and just extremely well done. The exhibit on human evolution was particularly outstanding, and so informative that I learned more from it than I did during several college biology classes I've taken. With how large this facility is, there is truly something here for everyone to enjoy. 10/10 experience, and I cannot wait to return someday!
Written 20 June 2024
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Robert W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We booked a half day guided tour of the Naural Hostory
This was an excellent experience, our guide Aaron is a paliantologist and his knowledge and passion for dinosaurs and the natural world really brought the tour to life.
He answered all of our questions and we learnt a lot not only about the exhibits but also the history of the museum itself. His passion for what he does is obvious and infectious.
The building and the exhibits are superb, but having Aaron as our guide really made it worth every penny.
Highly recommended.
5 stars,
Written 13 June 2024
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Patricia M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Bad cafe food, so so bad. The chicken schnitzel was warmed up but was still cold, the mixed leaves salad was limp and seemed to be a day old and not refrigerated. The pesto mozzarella ciabatta was soggy, the 2 drinks were not cold.
It came to to equivalent of aud $60!
Do not go to the cafe near the entry! Go to the V&A for a much better meal.
Written 13 June 2024
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Richard S
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great way to spend a few hours learning with the kids! Good collection of all sorts of things A to Z, unbelievable dinosaur exhibit! Good eats at the TRex restaurant and quick to grab a pick me up!
Written 13 June 2024
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Allen
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great museum with lots to see. Admission is free with an appointment. The bones and animal collection are unmatched except for the US Smithsonian. The architecture of the building is great on its own before the exhibits. I recommend if you are a science person or want to awe kids with bones, animals and dinosaurs.
Written 12 June 2024
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Rob D
107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
First time back in decades, but it was time to take the family
Definitely book ahead, the "not got tickets" queues were scarily long!
Excellent collection and great information for all ages
You will spend 3-4 hrs in there and see all you want.
The VAST!! geology room is a bit much for younger sarcastic children though!...
"ooo look another rock!" ha ha ha
Written 11 June 2024
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JayT&Hay
Thetford, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We had never been to the natural history museum and decided to visit as we had a spare few hours. We thoroughly enjoyed it. There was lots to look at and my personal favourite bit was looking at all the different space rocks. The museum was extremely busy though so that can slightly impact the enjoyment.
Written 10 June 2024
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billeeedee
Strathkinness, UK387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We visited the Museum on a Wednesday afternoon and the building itself is stunning both inside and out.

There are some amazing exhibits of a wide variety of wildlife but, due to the vast crowds, it was often difficult to get close to them. Entry to the museum is free and possibly the introduction of an entry fee would help control the volume of people in attendance.
Written 9 June 2024
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RoyaltyC
Calgary, Canada409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
What a gorgeous building. There was a humongous bone structure of a whale. Lots of beautiful displays of gemstones and rocks as well as mammals. Also saw dinosaurs. It was so crowded on a Sunday afternoon.
Written 7 June 2024
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zirconium11
Singapore, Singapore634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
My first visit to a museum that holds bones of dinosaurs. Visited the gallery of stones and gemstones at the museum. Saw many fossils of creatures especially winged creatures. Nothing for us to buy at the souvenir shop, which is unfortunate…
Written 7 June 2024
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