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Natural History Museum

KidRated’s Natural History Museum Top Tips:

  • Visit the blue whale, a firm favourite among kids of all ages
  • Be prepared to queue for the most popular attractions inside
  • Make sure you don’t miss Sophie the Steg!

From dinosaurs to butterflies, it is possible to view specimens from a vast historical range at South Kensington’s Natural History Museum. There are five main collections and 70 million items. Some were even collected by Charles Darwin!

 

While the dinosaur gallery used to be the most popular area of the museum, KidRated has noticed that kids these days are more likely to be excited about the giant life size blue whale. Saying that, a huge moving T-Rex is still pretty cool and won’t exactly leave the kids feeling bored.

 

In the Human Biology gallery you can test your memory with interactive games. The brave can enter the Red Zone to be shaken up by the magnitude earthquake machine. Wildlife lovers can enter the Orange Zone, which encompasses the Darwin Zone and even has its very own Wildlife Garden open April to November. During the winter, the National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is an alternative must-see.

 

This summer, the Sensational Butterflies exhibit returned to the Natural History Museum – click here to see what our K-Raters thought of it.

 

Dino Snores for kids events are incredibly popular – book well in advance. Click here for other fun events for kids.

Dawnosaurs

If you are a parent of a child between 5 and 11 who has an autism spectrum condition you should definitely check out Dawnosaurs – an early opening event where kids and their families can enjoy the museum without the hustle and bustle of all the usual crowds. There will even be some great activities and workshops on offer. Plus it is totally FREE!

 

Register your interest here.


Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE!
  • Book tickets for special exhibitions such as the National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Members can buy discounted tickets

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

Cromwell Rd
London
SW7 5BD

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7942 5000

Website:

Opening hours:

Open daily 10.00 - 17.50. Last admission 17.30. Open late on the last Friday of each month. Closed 24 - 26 December.

How to get there:

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • A slight victim of its own success, there are usually queues just to get inside. Do remember there is a side entrance so avoid the front.
  • While we think of this place as the ‘dinosaur museum’ there’s so much more to see that the kids will enjoy.
  • The Creepy Crawlies gallery is always a hit, as is the Earthquake simulation in the Red Zone (and the super-cool long escalator to enter that part of the museum).
  • As with most other museums, get off the ground floor and there are less crowds.
  • If the queues are hours long just to enter go to the Science Museum or V&A as both are nearby.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

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  1. julian

    This museum is at the top of the list every time we visit London with our 4 & 5 year old boys – beautiful building, so much to see… only downside is queue for the dinosaurs now both kids are in school and we can’t visit in term time!
    Science museum handily situated just round the corner – also completely brilliant!

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