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Natural History Museum

Walking into the Natural History Museum the sight of the Diplodocus skeleton, in the middle of the impressive 'Grand Hall,' sets the scene of what you can expect from a visit to this cathedral to nature' in a museum that is home to some 70 million life and earth science specimens.

Natural history; mammals, reptiles, fish, marine invertebrates and ‘creepy crawlies’ are all testimony to the the Victorian passion to collect and catalogue, but what are the not to be missed bits of the British Museum?

Central Hall

The museum's grand entrance hall includes the Diplodocus skeleton, a 1,300-year-old giant sequoia tree, Darwin's statue and the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish still living in the Indian Ocean.


The new state-of-the-art cocoon building enables you to interact with the science of nature like never before. Witness real specimens, incredible displays and animated interactive activities on a self guided tour.

Dinosaur Gallery

A terrifying 'T.rex', is waiting for you in the world-renowned dinosaurs gallery where the 100s of specimen displays include four moving animatronic dinosaurs. Sort out fact from fiction about the dinosaur age.

Images of Nature Gallery

Beautiful, historic artworks and modern images of nature, are in this collection, of over 110 images spanning 350 years to the present, that lets you see how artists and scientists saw and see the world.

Mammals Gallery

The never to be forgotten life-size model of a blue whale, the largest mammal ever, can be viewed from above and below.
From tiny shrews to enormous whales, mammals,including us, are the most diverse group of animals ever to live on our planet

The Vault

The Vault contains a dazzling collection of the finest gems, crystals, metals and meteorites from all around the world. The new Tissint Mars meteorite is a must see.

Visions of Earth Gallery

Visions of Earth is dominated by a massive metallic globe, which visitors can ride up through to the upper galleries. A celestial map, adorning the surrounding walls put our planet in its heavenly context.

Visiting the Natural History Museum


Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD ( see Google map )
(Alternative, step-free, entrance is on Exhibition Road.)


Admission to the British Museum is FREE

British Museum Opening Times

Open Every Day

Museum open: 10:00 - 17:50
Last Admission 17:30.

Museum is closed
24 - 26 December


Getting to the British Museum by public transport

By Tube
Underground stations closest to the museum:

South Kensington station
District, Circle and Piccadilly lines

By Car
Driving to the Museum is not easy and parking is expensive.

By Bus
Numbers of buses that stop near the museum:

Numbers: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1
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By Tour Bus
Original Hop-on Hop-off tour buses stop nearby

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