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The Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum
Building of the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, Hall
Natural History Museum hall

Natural History Museum, biodiversity
Biodiversity Hall

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum on the natural world, its history and specimens. It has a large collection of over 70,000 species and objects related to the natural world.

The museum was built between 1873 and 1880 to display an important collection of skeletons, fossils and plants that had previously formed part of the British Museum. The museum’s collection grew steadily and in 1986 it absorbed the adjacent Geological Museum.


The entrance to the museum is breath-taking. In its carefully decorated hall, enormous creatures are displayed such as a diplodocus and a mastodon, originally from Chile.

The museum is composed of various collections displayed in this impressive building from the nineteenth century. We recommend visiting the following exhibitions:

  • Dinosaurs: Several halls of this museum are dedicated to the Mesozoic era. Here, visitors will be able to observe dinosaur fossils and skeletons, including some life-size models of dinosaurs. This collection is usually the childrens' favourite.  
  • Mammals: In the Large Mammals Hall there are dissected mammals, as the name suggests, fossils, and an impressive life-size model of a blue whale.
  • The Power Within: An interactive experience aiming to show the reasons why volcanos and earthquakes occur.

Perfect for children

If you’re traveling with children, the Natural History Museum is highly recommended, as it is extremely entertaining with plenty of things to see and do. Another positive aspect is that it is very close to the Science Museum, another favourite amongst children.


Cromwell Road, South Kensington.

When to visit

Every day: 10 am – 5:30 pm.
24, 25, 26 December: closed


Free entry.


Tube: South Kensington, District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
Buses: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1.


The Natural History Museum, location map

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