Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, London: Hours, Address, Natural History Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Natural History Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
10:00 - 17:50
Monday
10:00 - 17:50
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:50
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:50
Thursday
10:00 - 17:50
Friday
10:00 - 17:50
Saturday
10:00 - 17:50
Sunday
10:00 - 17:50
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.
Suggested 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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John M
Withernsea, UK5 contributions
Great visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Was with three under 10’s who was amazed with the museum, we could have spent a week there as there is a huge amounts to see. If you are a member or patron there is even more to see. Great for large groups too. Lifts are available to get other floors. Places to eat and drink with toilet facilities in two zones. Museum shops have an array of minerals/ gems and many other items to buy, the gem stones we found are very reasonably priced. Plenty of staff around if you get lost or need assistance and all are super friendly. Loved the day there and the family too.
Written 3 August 2021
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flyingpig1872
Glasgow, UK321 contributions
JUST DON'T GO HERE!!!!!!!!
Jul 2021
My wife and I visited last week as the country was starting to come out of lockdown,we had secured tickets and booked weeks before so we thought that the museum would be quiet as they were only allowing in bookings
How wrong was I ,it was jam packed, we went to see the dinosuar exhibition which was narrow and in a one way system,there was so many people in this small area ,banging into us,trying to get past us and the flow of people was such that if you slowed down to read or look at the exhibit someone would walk into you . Most people I believe ,like us were attempting to get out of this rat race and were jostling and bulldozing their way through.We never saw anything in this exhibition and decided it was far too busy.
Had there been no pandemic and social distancing I would still been intimidated and bullied into leaving.
I would suggest limiting the amount of people entering this section, we are patient enough to wait or perhaps be directed to something less busy ( I can not tell you if such a section exsists here as we immediately left)
The nearest subway station was closed and we spent longer walking from the nearest open station to the museum than we did inside it.
we spent longer waiting in the queue outside the museum than we did inside it.
(did all these people have a booking at the same time as us ??)
I would not recommend this "attraction"
Written 3 August 2021
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Jacb64
Pontypool, UK20 contributions
Great to visit - free entry - loads to see
Aug 2021
There's not many places you can visit inside these days that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg. Lots of facts and interesting things to see - if you love nature and history. Only used cafe to buy a drink (bottle water £2). Shop had lots of bits and pieces - £3 for a magnet.or key ring.
Written 2 August 2021
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VEM1982
Perth, UK47 contributions
Enjoyed
Jul 2021
The museum was big and there was plenty to see (we did not see it all). Enjoyed the red zone, saw most of the blue zone and a little bit of the green zone. Would have stayed longer, but it was a very hot day.
Written 2 August 2021
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FamilySuds
Market Harborough, UK36 contributions
Most amazing museum
Jul 2021
Fab day…again. Love this museum. We bought a family membership that allowed us to enter the Wildlife Photographer 2021 exhibition and Fantastic Beasts Wonders of Nature for free. Thank you to Marie for sorting our membership. The photographic exhibition was calm, spaced and beautiful. If you love all things Potter, then book to visit the Wonders of Nature it’s well worth it. There are great cafes but for ease would recommend taking snacks and drinks. Looking forward to visiting again especially now we are members.
Written 1 August 2021
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Sarah C
Nottingham, UK174 contributions
Excellent exhibits and very informative - and free !
Jul 2021 • Family
My husband had been wanting to come here for a while so we had a few days in London as we couldn’t go abroad again this year. He was not disappointed. The dinosaur exhibits were amazing and I loved the architecture of the building - all the animals on the walls are extraordinary when you think they were put there in the 1800’s. Allow about 3 - 4 hours to have a good look around. Definitely worth visiting.
Written 31 July 2021
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cazjackie31
Waterlooville, United Kingdom105 contributions
Not for adults or children
Jul 2021
Boring boring boring. I could say as an adult it was better for children but l am sure a lot of children couldn't see, couldn't understand the buttons or understand the comments. I did a lot of people watching and the majority of children - of all ages, looked bored stiff. Not allowed in certain entrances as "ticket" only - who knew unless you went online. So queued up and just got in. If you wanted to you could pay to see two different exhibitions but with the prices, l cannot see how families can afford it. Not again thank you
Written 31 July 2021
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Jackie - Wales
2 contributions
Fantastic museum for a 6 year old
Jul 2021
Allow a few hours to look round - take few snacks / drinks
Will definitely visit again
Can park for free on a Sunday on nearby streets - check signs
Written 28 July 2021
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SueWolves53
Wolverhampton, UK293 contributions
Great free visit
Jul 2021
As we visited during Covid restrictions we had pre-booked a time to visit to ensure we could get in. Although we have visited London many times we had never been to this museum and thought it was time we did especially after seeing TV programmes about it.
The building is a beautiful setting for these exhibits. The blue whale is the most impressive display and the one most people will remember although the dinosaurs are a favourite with most children and the part they want to see. The museum is divided into different coloured sections to help you navigate your way around. Personally I was not so interested in the rock displays but appreciated the way they had been displayed.
During our visit we went to one on the cafe areas. It was nice and open and clean but the as with many places with a captive audience prices tend to be priced higher than any local cafes for a similar standard of food.
Written 27 July 2021
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Cazzas83
Wolverhampton, UK645 contributions
Will keep you entertained for a few hours
Jul 2021 • Couples
Visited the museum on a recent break to the City. Having been to London many times before, have never ventured as far as the museum.

With Covid restrictions in place we did secure our free entry before turning up just in case numbers were high and we got turned away. Upon entry the iconic hallway is breathtaking with the Great Blue Whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.

The museum is broken down into colour co-ordinated areas so you can navigate and complete sections at a time. We did find some areas more interesting than others though it wasn't fully what I expected.

We did visit the on-site cafe whilst at the museum for snacks and a drink. Prices were slightly expensive there but then I do appreciate its a captive market.

Overall it was a pleasant place to visit for a few hours however now I've done it once I wouldn't rush back to return.
Written 25 July 2021
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