Natural History Museum London Tours

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Housed inside a gigantic Victorian-era edifice, this treasure trove of a museum holds 80 million specimens, including fossils, minerals, bones, insects, and taxidermy. Visitors can come face to face with a huge animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex at the Dinosaur Encounter exhibit, see a live leafcutter ant colony at work at the Creepy Crawlies gallery, and experience the sensation of the earth’s shaking at the earthquake simulator.
 
The Basics
The Natural History Museum is one of a handful of prestigious museums located on Exhibition Row, a common stop on sightseeing and hop-on hop-off bus tours of London. Visitors to the museum can tour the galleries independently, see scientists at work at the Darwin Centre, buy tickets for special behind-the-scenes tours, and attend drop-in talks, workshops, and events.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wheelchair users can access the museum via the Exhibition Road entrance.
  • This museum is big; download the visitor app or pick up a map upon arrival to help you navigate.
  • Be prepared for a short wait for security checks at the entrance. 
 
How to Get There
The Natural History Museum has two entrances: one on Cromwell Road and the other on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum and beside the Science Museum. Take the Tube to South Kensington (District, Piccadilly, or Circle line) and follow the underground Exhibition Road tunnel from the station, taking the signposted Natural History Museum exit.
 
When to Get There
The Natural History Museum is open daily from 10am, with last entry at 5:30pm. Crowds flock here on weekends and during school breaks; arrive shortly after opening to avoid them. The museum also opens its doors for occasional after-hours events such as movie nights and even sleepovers. Among the most popular annual exhibitions are the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which typically opens in October and closes in May, and Sensational Butterflies, which runs from April to mid-September. In the build-up to Christmas, the museum’s seasonal open-air ice rink is the perfect place to get in the festive spirit.

Highlights of Hintze Hall
Since 1979, the 85-foot-long (26-meter-long) Dippy the Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton has stolen the show in the museum’s magnificent Hintze Hall. That is, until 2017, when Dippy went off on tour and was replaced by Hope, an equally impressive 126-year-old blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.
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Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England
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Hours: Daily: 10am - 5:30pm
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Admission: Free
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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Highlights London's most beautiful ice rinkAt the iconic Natural History MuseumAt the Heart of South KensingtonPerfect winter fun
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Private Guided Tour: Natural History Museum of London

London’s Natural History Museum houses some eight million exhibits across four zones, making it difficult for visitors to home in on the highlights independently without pre-planning. Save time with a privately guided, small-group tour that lets you avoid random roaming by focusing on the museum’s must-see specimens. Plus, the small-group setting means you’ll clearly hear the full stories behind the exhibits, learning secrets and details you might have missed otherwise.
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London Natural History Museum Dinosaur Discovery Family Tour

Make history fun and teach your children more about the rise and fall of the dinosaur on a private, family-friendly tour of London's Natural History Museum. See one of the world’s largest dinosaur collections and more.
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London Night Sightseeing Tour

Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a 1.5-hour trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and London Eye Ticket

Enhance your experience of London’s iconic skyline with a hop-on hop-off bus and London Eye combo package, perfect for first-time visitors looking to shake up their sightseeing experiences. Plus, you’ll receive a pass for three free walking tours — including a Jack the Ripper tour — and Thames River sightseeing cruise. After ticking off top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London, you’ll absorb sweeping city panoramas from a capsule on the London Eye.
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Dinosaur Discovery: The Natural History Museum Family Tour

Famed for its beautiful architecture—and particularly for its wide-ranging dinosaur collection—the Natural History Museum is an ideal London destination for families. On this private, dinosaur-themed tour, you’ll get to discover everything from a Triceratops skull and a roaring T. Rex to a range of prehistoric fossils. With your guide for company, you’ll also learn more about how dinosaurs evolved, the time periods when they walked the Earth, and other engaging stories and trivia.
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Madame Tussauds Entry Ticket

Sightsee in London with a money-saving ticket that combines a hop-on hop-off Original Tour bus with entry to Madam Tussauds, the iconic waxwork museum. The family-friendly combo ticket lets you discover the capital with ease: Explore with three different hop-on hop-off bus routes, see the sights from the water on a Thames River cruise, and brush shoulders with celebrities at Madam Tussauds.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Semi-Private Guided Tour: Natural History Museum of London

Anyone can browse the dinosaur exhibits and gemstones of the Natural History Museum, but not many will understand their history and geology. With a guide, you’ll go straight to the highlights of the 80 million-piece collection of exhibits while learning about the origins and history of planet Earth. In a small group of just eight people, you’ll enjoy more interaction with your guide as you discover skeletons, dinosaurs, and more.
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London Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Shrek's Adventure Admission Ticket

Hop-on Hop-off bus tours offer a fun, flexible, and hassle-free way to explore London, and this great-value combo includes entrance to one of the city’s most popular family attractions — Shrek's Adventure London. Jump off to admire sights like Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace; enjoy included extras such as a Thames River cruise and city walking tours; and keep the kids entertained with the interactive Shrek-themed exhibitions.
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