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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has one of the largest collections of specimens related to the history of nature in the world. The museum is universally recognised as an important centre of research, identification and conservation of the natural world.

It is rated as one of the best attractions in London, and is located in South Kensington, close to both the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The building which houses the Natural Science Museum was opened in 1881. The building was designed by Captain Francis Fowke who’s design won a competition. The building has been referred to as ‘The Cathedral of Nature’ due to it’s large cathedral like design.

The museum has millions of specimens related to Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Entomology and Palaeontology. It has a whole host of exhibits, from how fossils are formed to creatures that live in the dark.

The museum is well known for it’s collection of dinosaur bones, fossils and actual specimens collected by the world renowned Charles Darwin.

Why visit the Natural History Museum:

The Natural History Museum really is impressive and provides a fun experience for all. It offers great insight into the natural world and evolution, from dinosaurs to an earthquake experience. In addition to the museums permanent displays, there are many visiting exhibitions housed at the museum throughout the year.

In 2009, the museum opened the Darwin Centre. This is a fitting cocoon structure which houses millions of plant and insect specimens. You can watch actual scientists at work here.

During the winter, an ice-rink is set-up on the grounds outside of the museum.

Did you know …

The original natural history collection, which laid the foundations for the museums development, was bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane to the British Nation upon his death. His collection included over 1000 species of fish, birds and vertebrates.

Opening Times:

10.00am - 5.30pm - (Open everyday except for 24th to 26th December).

How to get there:


Piccadilly & District and Circle Lines - Get off at South Kensington Station. The Natural History Museum is within a 5 minute walk away.


Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 pass within a close radius.


Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road,

London, SW7 5BD.


020 7942 5000


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