Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD – closest tube is South Kensington

Open daily from 10am-5:50pm (closed 24-26 Dec) (last entry 5:30pm)

Free Admission – charges may apply for some temporary exhibitions. Check website for details.

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Skeleton of a Blue Whale

The Natural History Museum is a huge and fascinating museum with interesting exhibits of specimens throughout natural history. As soon as you enter the museum you are welcomed by a huge skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling…

Natural History Museum, London

The architecture in this museum alone is awesome. Just look at the detail on one of the internal pillars…

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Detail on one of the pillars at the Natural History Museum

The free exhibits are displayed throughout the different coloured zones of the museum. A map is available on arrival to follow the recommended routes and donations for these are encouraged. However the website also provides one that you can download for ease before arrival.

The Blue Zone Trail

The blue zone exhibits show the diversity of life on earth including dinosaurs, mammals and reptiles. It is here that you can learn about the life of the colossal blue whale.

Fish, Amphibians & Reptiles

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Model of a Frogfish

Mammals

Life size model of Blue Whale, Natural History museum, London museum, London, South Kensington
Blue Whale
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Giraffe Skeleton

The Green Zone Trail

The green zone focusses on creepy crawlies, birds and fossils. You can actually watch a live leaf cutting ant colony here.

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The First Iguanodon Teeth ever found

The Red Zone Trail

The red zone includes exhibits such as an earthquake simulator and frozen lightning captured in desert sand. You will also be able to see the world’s most complete stegosaurus skeleton in the Earth Hall.

The Orange Zone Trail

The Darwin Centre and Wildlife Garden

The Wildlife Garden is open from March to December from 10am-5pm. It is home to over 3000 species of flaura and fauna.

Darwin’s Centre Cocoon allows you to view specimens such as tarantulas and butterflies.

There is a cafe within the museum and gift shop.

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