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
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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
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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.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 6 min walk
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happycamper098
Kildare, Ireland54 contributions
Family
Really enjoyed our visit despite the fact that it was extremely warm inside the museum. All staff were helpful and friendly.
Written 17 August 2022
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Julius
12 contributions
Certainly one of the most amazing museums in London, and it's huge! You'll need at least 4 hours based on my experience to "see" everything, but not in detail. Better plan a whole afternoon for the visit. The best time would be in the morning. Don't go on weekends, as it can become super crowded. Some areas are quite warm, make sure you carry some water with you. The museum is okay for kids, but it's quite a long visit so make sure you plan for enough breaks and entertainment.
Written 17 August 2022
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KittyKatLodge
Llandrindod Wells, UK42 contributions
Family
The NHM is aware of COVID right? And that right now there is an amber warning for heat?!
There were people panicking trying to get out of the dinosaur exhibition, I had to half carry half drag my daughter out of there through an emergency exit (which I got told off for), because she was fainting. It WAS an emergency, if she’s gone down she would have been trampled!
Kids were being pushed out the way of adults and it was just appalling. I’m going to send an email to the H&S exec as this is just dangerous. Totally ruined our trip to London :(
Written 17 August 2022
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Darragh71
County Cork, Ireland8 contributions
Couples
Unbelievable Place from the outside to the inside, we were mesmerised by the Dinosaurs on show especially the massive one hanging from the ceiling. Great adventure was worth the wait.
Written 17 August 2022
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KDG82
Kent, UK47 contributions
Family
Very crowded and hot!
Certain parts of museum was very interesting but disappointed and felt lots of minerals, rocks and gems! Would prefer more.....
Lovely fresh Lemonade in cafe!
Written 16 August 2022
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Kathy L
Potters Bar, UK73 contributions
Family
Visited with my 4 year old grandson, specifically to visit the dinosaurs. Pre booked the tickets , both for entry and Dippy, really didn't need to have bothered as no one checked them anyway. Which may explain why the place was phenomenally packed - I suppose the more in, the more money! The dinosaur section was disappointing - yes of course it is a popular section but it was ridiculous with the amount of people allowed in. I think the fact that my grandson (who is dinosaur mad) asked to leave after about 40 minutes summed up our visit perfectly.
Written 16 August 2022
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Loops371
South Yorkshire, UK97 contributions
Spent three hours here. Lots to see but disappointed that both the mammals area and dinosaur area were under refurbishment. Extremely hot due to the heatwave, fans not very effective.
Written 16 August 2022
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William L
San Francisco, United States30 contributions
I'm a veteran museum goer, so I can be a bit critical about musuems. We took our two young grand children here, and they loved it. There are huge dinosaur skeletons and some animatronic models, as well as whale models and skeletons. The museum is large and quite extensive. My two issues were that in catering to children, it often seemed that presentations oriented to adult visitors were lacking. Moreover, its appeal to children meant that the place was crowded with kids, noisy, and rather hot in the London summer. The museum is housed in a huge, grand Victorian building. Many of the rooms seemed purposely to ignore their architectural heritage and had modern walls that hid the architectural features of the building. They were like rooms within rooms, and I preferred those displays that exposed embelishments of the original building. Since much of the building is devoted to research and not open to the public, one must negotiate long, winding hallways which were often not well marked. Overall, I enjoyed my visit but felt that more attention to the layout of the rooms and the design of the exhibits was warranted.
Written 16 August 2022
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Walruswal
5 contributions
Exhibits have been re-organized over the last few years, and everything has been well thought out, especially the dinosaurs!
Written 15 August 2022
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Bedouin29
Sydney, Australia260 contributions
As many have pointed out that reviewed it lately it is crowded as hot. Well Dah, it is free entry during Summer holidays and a heat wave, what did they expect. I expected crowds, I booked entry but turned up 40 minutes early and just walked straight in. I expected that it would be hard to get a photo of world class exhibits with the crowds but I was patient and got some good ones. There was plenty of interactive things for the children to enjoy, the excitement did mean there was noise but that just meant the kids were excited and enjoying thing. The let down was the cafes, getting a table was easy but all of the free ones were uncleared and dirty, under our table were at least two burgers and other assorted meals, we used the clothes and cleaning gear lying around to clear the table, no staff members were seen clearing or clening. Our food was OK though. For a free day (and a donation) it was well worth doing, make sure you see the full size anamated T-Rex.
Written 15 August 2022
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