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Natural History Museum

This might just be London’s best museum day out for the family. Opened in 1881, the extraordinarily intricate Romanesque terracotta-clad Natural History Museum is home to a collection of great historical and scientific value. Among its 70 million specimens are 55 million species collected by the likes of Charles Darwin.

Despite being a world-renowned centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification, and conservation, it’s the enormous dinosaur collection that brings most visitors to its doors. Stroll into the main hall and you’re immediately confronted with a 32-metre replica Diplodocus skeleton, affectionately known as Dippy. For children young and old, it’s the most awe-inspiring entrance to any museum.

One of the most interactive museums in London, it relates the wonders of natural history in a lively, refreshing way. Cower from the roaring T-Rex in the Blue zone, shake on the earthquake machine in the Red zone, and squirm at the Green zone’s creepy crawly collection.

Careful on your way out though, kids will come back loaded with goodies from the fantastic museum shops.



Eat & Drink

Natural History Museum


The restaurant is encased in the museum’s original brickwork and vaulted ceilings, and is spacious and relaxing. The food is prepared daily and the ingredients are all fresh. You can enjoy a pint of lager or a glass of wine with your pizza, salad, or sandwich. Unfortunately the ordering system is slightly confusing but the friendly staff are always happy to help you out.

Monday – Sunday 11.00 – 16.00

Natural History Museum

Deli Cafe

This was our favourite food spot in the museum. It’s just a nice little café selling affordable dishes such as salads, couscous, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, wine and beer. It’s nice, light, and simple, and connected to the ‘Earth Shop’. It’s a great spot to relax in before moving onto the next part of the museum.

Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.00

Natural History Museum

Central Hall Cafe

You can get high quality and very affordable museum snacks here in the shape of sandwiches, cakes, and coffees, and relish the strange experience of having a taxidermy panda watch you eat from behind a glass cabinet.

Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.30

Natural History Museum

Snack Bar and Picnic Area

This fun space is aimed at kids with packed lunches and looks like something Buzz Lightyear would fly. There are dozens of seats and tables and a small snack bar for healthy treats.

Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.00

Natural History Museum

Front Lawn

If it’s sunny make sure you have lunch on the front lawn. You can bring your own food and marvel at the monumental size and glorious design of the museum, or buy some ice cream and sandwiches from the food carts and take a moment to yourself.


Natural History Museum

Museum Shop

The museum has many gift shops that mostly sell similar items, but are slightly more specific to the area that they’re in. You can buy sweets, postcards, books, rocks and minerals, lots of dinosaur toys, and even birdhouses. There are plenty of things for the kids, but also masses of gifts and souvenirs for adults.

Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.45

Natural History Museum

Dino Store

The ‘Dino store’ is dinosaur galore and only sells dinosaur toys and souvenirs. Kids always love it.

Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.45

Destination Ranking

  • 53 Overall
    • 61 Exhibitions & Programming
    • 33 Architecture & Spatial Design
    • 65 Eat & Drink
    • 17 Shop
    • 52 Digital Experience

General information


Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road






+44 (0) 20 7942 5000

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.50

General Admission


Getting There

Tube: South Kensington (District Line, Picadilly Line, Circle Line)

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