Natural History Museum - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Natural History Museum

One of the great museums of the Victorian era.

The famous frontage contains a huge number of galleries filled with animal collections, skeletons and fossils.

A number of galleries also cover geology and the planet earth itself.

Most of the museum is free to visit, but there are usually a few large paid-for exhibitions each year.

During the holiday season expect queues to get in.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road,
London,
SW7 5BD

Link to Natural History Museum's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Gaze through the lens of some of the world's best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
10am to 5:50pm
South Kensington
Ends on Sun 5th June 2022
2021-10-15
2022-06-05
 

Natural History Museum Map

 

Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Natural History Museum

The nearest station is South Kensington which is 0.2 miles away.


Natural History Museum - Latest News

A rare black diamond is displayed at the Natural History Museum
A rare black diamond is displayed at the Natural History Museum

A large naturally black diamond has gone on display in the Natural History Museum’s minerals vault after being loaned to the museum for a year.

Natural History Museum previews Wildlife Photographer exhibition photos
Natural History Museum previews Wildlife Photographer exhibition photos

The Natural History Museum has revealed some of the shortlisted photos in the 57th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, ahead of them going on display in the museum next month.

Last ever ice rink at the Natural History Museum this winter
Last ever ice rink at the Natural History Museum this winter

For the very last time, the grounds in front of the Natural History Museum will host a large ice-rink this winter.

The Winchcombe meteorite goes on display in London
The Winchcombe meteorite goes on display in London

It fell from outer space and landed in a small Gloucestershire town, and now it’s gone on display in the Natural History Museum.

Booking opens for the Natural History Museum
Booking opens for the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has confirmed its reopening from Monday 17th May, and booking for tickets opens today.

The Queen commands Mary Anning must appear on 50p coins
The Queen commands Mary Anning must appear on 50p coins

The 19th-century fossil hunter, Mary Anning is being commemorated in a series of new collectable coins from the Royal Mint and Natural History Museum.

The Natural History Museum to be in a TV show next week
The Natural History Museum to be in a TV show next week

A note to look out for a behind-the-scenes style documentary series featuring London’s own Natural History Museum.

See “Fantastic Beasts” inside the Natural History Museum
See “Fantastic Beasts” inside the Natural History Museum

The Harry Potter world has come to a building that wouldn’t look out of place in one of the books or movies, as an exhibition opens that combines the fantasy land with the real world.

Tickets Alert: Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Tickets Alert: Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

The annual exhibition of award-winning photographs of our planet returns later this year, and due to shorter opening hours, they’re putting tickets on sale from today to give people a chance to book early.

Kensington’s big three museums announce their reopening dates
Kensington’s big three museums announce their reopening dates

The big three – the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A Museum have all announced the dates they will reopen following the lockdown.

The Queen commands – put dinosaurs on the 50p coins
The Queen commands – put dinosaurs on the 50p coins

By order of The Queen, a trilogy of 50p coins has been released, featuring dinosaurs on them.

Natural History Museum wants to put a dinosaur in its front garden
Natural History Museum wants to put a dinosaur in its front garden

The Natural History Museum has shown off plans to revamp the space in front of the museum, including putting a dinosaur in the garden.

Remarkable 3D images of dinosaurs
Remarkable 3D images of dinosaurs

If you were to wander though the Natural History Museum shop (currently closed of course), then you might spy some really quite astonishing 3D pictures.

See fist-fighting mice on the London Underground
See fist-fighting mice on the London Underground

A photo of two mice in a fist-fight on the London Underground has been put forward for a Natural History photography award.

The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum
The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum

Deep within the Natural History Museum is a huge cavernous space filled with a giant floating replica of the moon.

Watch sci-fi movies underneath a flying whale
Watch sci-fi movies underneath a flying whale

The Natural History Museum has announced a season of science fiction movies, to be shown in their great hall underneath the skeleton of a flying whale.

A pillared hall full of glittering stones
A pillared hall full of glittering stones

In an era of ever more flashy museum displays, step back into an older world, of wooden cases and typewritten signs, to a place where misshapen lumps of stone are the glories to admire.

Poisonous new exhibition opening soon
Poisonous new exhibition opening soon

A new exhibition will be opening this autumn focusing on that rather curious ability of animals to kill – using poison.

See a flying whale in London
See a flying whale in London

A few weeks ago, the public got to see a giant flying whale arrive in the Natural History Museum.

Largest blue topaz gemstone going on display in London
Largest blue topaz gemstone going on display in London

The Natural History Museum is to display the largest blue topaz gemstone of its kind from later this month.

Haunting photos of the planets go on display
Haunting photos of the planets go on display

Astronomy is a curious science, being both deeply technical, but also eye-wateringly beautiful. Some of that beauty gone on display at the Natural History Museum.

Huge geological map of Britain goes on display
Huge geological map of Britain goes on display

200 years ago a map was published. A radical map, that was so radical that the man who created it was shunned for many years.

Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum
Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum

The main hall of the Natural History Museum, home for the past 30 years to the replica dinosaur, is soon to have a giant flying whale in its midst.

Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum
Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

If you’re museum curator looking after dinosaur exhibits, you probably dream of acquiring a full sized Stegosaurus for your collection.

 

Recent exhibitions

A display of botanical and zoological watercolours by natural history artists Franz and Ferdinand Bauer.
2017-01-21
2017-02-26
Go among hundreds of live butterflies and moths in a tropical butterfly house.
2017-03-31
2017-09-17
More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time,
2017-07-14
2018-02-28
Enter the realm of venomous creatures in this eye-opening exhibition.
2017-11-10
2018-05-13
Explore the world's best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth.
2018-04-28
2018-07-01
A display of more than 200 original illustrations of the nature of the British Isles.
2017-06-05
2018-11-02

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