Have in mind that you need more than three hours to go around all sections. I was tired and short of time, but it is worth it visiting the Museum again.
Evolution section - simply amazing! I remembered those classes that I had in school ( back then they didn't seem that interesting) and a lot of things made sense after those years. You can see incredible samples and watch few interactive movies about the evolution.
The Stones collection ( as I call it) is also amazing, even though it is not my favourite part.
And the Dinos - you have to have the patience ti wait on the queue!
It is really a must destination!
Wow what a total disappointment! Ok, maybe Im spoiled because Ive been to many of these types of museums, but I really expected so much more. It was kind of like a starter museum for little children. There are many other museums in London to spend your time and money on.
I recommend skipping this one.
We visited on a Monday afternoon during term time, so it wasn't too busy. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful architecture, which continues through most of the museum.
We first viewed the dinosaur exhibition and I was already shocked at the amount of displays and the quality of the information. I had no preconception or understanding of the Natural History Museum except by name, so I didn't know it would be so big, enough to fill a day.
There are fossils, replica skeletons and models, interactive displays, short videos, and another thing that I feel always gets overlooked; seats. We get knackered when walking around so much but there are seats and benches placed throughout the museum.
We thought we had seen the entire museum, then we discovered the Red Zone. My mouth fell open as we walked in, we approached a long escalator that entered a large planet. This goes up to natures impact like volcanoes, water erosion, and the outcome of certain natural occurrences. It was all very interactive, as adults we felt ourselves going back to childhood with all the displays and gadgets. There is also an earthquake simulator, but it was inactive the day we were there. When we visited the Blue zone (Dinosaurs, mammals, fish & reptiles) we were amazed at the life sized model of a blue whale. I found myself thinking of Monstro from Pinocchio.
In the main hall with the Diplodocus (Or 'Miplomocus' if you're trying to sound adorable) at the top of the stairs there is a large chunk of a redwood tree. You really underestimate just how large they are... I was in awe.
As was expected, the cafe is quite expensive (I remember I fancied a bit of the chocolate cake but repelled when I saw it was almost £5. (My Fiancé asked me "For one slice?"). You aren't allowed to bring in food, but there is apparently a separate picnic area.
We were browsing the gift shop approximately 20 mins before they were closing. We were very saddened when we were choosing between a couple of items, and a portly grumpy woman approached us (The gift shop was full, we had just arrived, and weren't even loitering) and said to move out as they're closed. Sorry? The till had a queue of about 6 customers still, It was not closing time for a good 15 mins, and a lot of people were still browsing.
Overall, we will definitely go back (Term time, as we don't like the sound of the reviews regarding the hoards of young children during holidays!) and make an entire day of it.
When I traveled to London, a few years ago, I went to three museums (all free ones) and this one was the best of the three. It had an insane amount of gems and just looking around made me think I could come here at least once a week for a year and not get bored. Lots of dino bones too and there's even an Edmontosaurus, which blew me away considering that's where I live in Canada. If you're a Canadian, like myself, and get a chance to go to this awesome City check out this place first!
The Natural History Museum has all the normal stuff a Natural History Museum would have. Bones of animals, stuffed animals, rocks, dinosaurs, jewels, humans anatomy, etc.
My favourite room was the Cadogan Room. Made to look like the way things were exhibited when the museum first opened, it was a nice insight into how scientists tried to make science accessible to "normal" people.
The outside of the building is absolutely gorgeous. One of my favourite buildings architecturally in the city.
Getting "lost" in a museum is one of the best parts about it. I'm not sure if we just weren't paying attention and just talking and viewing too much, but we left satisfied. We just randomly walked the halls and exhibits without an agenda, and stumbled on things as if we were discovering new points of education. This is what I want out of a museum. It was probably not the intention of the Natural History Museum to do this but we thought it a great experience.
One of the best Museums in the world (I've been to a few).
Y'all know what this place is about so a few tips. We stayed nearby and walked from near Gloucester Road tube. Use this one to visit as South Kensington is massive and has a huge route out. The amount of time it takes to get out of this station you'd have been better off using Gloucester Road and having a walk in the fresh air, taking the same amount of time.
We arrived at 10.00am on a Thursday in August so queue was already massive as schools were off. Queue moved quickly, though when you realise there is only a queue because they are trying to sell you books about the museum at £5 a pop. So a completely unnecessary queue.
When you get in head straight for the dinosaurs at the left hand side near the entrance. We didn't and by the time we went to visit that area a massive queue had formed. This is assuming you go the museum early and there's not already a massive queue to see the dinos already.
Be prepared for lots and lots of children. That is all folks. Enjoy.
The Natural History Museum is a must-see experience if you're in London and it's easily accessible by catching the Tube or a double decker bus to the S. Kensington stop.
Be sure to allow yourself ample time to wander the halls of this amazing museum known for its dinosaur exhibits ... and wear comfortable shoes.
Best, most museums here in London are FREE!
This was one of the places I wanted to
Go to in London! So I went around 1:30 pm and the queue was roughly 40 mins long. The museum of course was free which is one of the best parts! I checked out every exhibit and loved how interactive most exhibits were such as the earth one. It can be a bit overwhelming - there is so much to see here and so many people visiting. My only flaw was some of the exhibits were extremely hot, A little fan or AC would have been appreciated especially since there is so much body heat radiating in there. Also the queue for the dinosaurs exhibit was about 30 mins and the walk through it was super long. At the end I expected to see a giant Skelton of t-tex but it was just a robotic version of a live one. I've been to universal studios in LA and have seen tons of dinosaurs so I wasn't really impressed by this.
My favorite exhibit would have to be the human biology and birds exhibit. But that's because of personal interests.
Tip: you will spend hours in here if you want to see it all. I spent 5.5 hours here are saw it all but was exhausted! Also be prepared of all the kids you see in this museum!
The National History Museum is a pretty special place and like all of the best museums in London, it's free.
I saw the extinct exhibit which was very good (but I didn't pay as I was on a school trip). The students loved the minerals room but I was just studying the amazing plaster and wood work in that room - an exhibit in itself. Make sure you visit the vault to see some priceless jewels.The human body section is great and finishes with some great optical illusions.
The current butterfly house is pretty cool if you love the little things everywhere. It's outside the main part of the museum though and I think there may be an extra charge (again, I didn't pay).
Bring a packed lunch, it's pricey food. The shop sells some pretty cool objects, you can also get elephant poo in a box for a fiver!
I've visited twice this year to see two amazing photography exhibits. Sebastião Salgado's photography exhibit, Genesis, is open through September 13. The modest ticket price to see the Salgado images is well worth the cost of admission, and you get to avoid the queue! And I can't complain about getting to see real dinosaur remains and the products of some of Darwin's life work!
And how about the woman impersonating fossil hunter Mary Anning? She did a great job interacting with visiting school children. All in all, great place to spend a day or five or six!
I've been many times since this place opened, its gotten more crowded since the Olympics but has the same tried and true exhibits as its mainstay.
The Museum is located a short walk from the tube, and free to the public. Lines took around 45minutes to an hour to navigate.
Years ago during visits in the 90s and 2000s, a line at the entrance was unheard of. You merely entered the main gate and were off to your own ends.
The crowds were likely due to a combination of Olympics leftovers, general increased interest in the site, summer contributing to larger turnout of parents and teachers with children.
I recommend visiting, its an iconic London site, beautifully built and historic, with legitimate wonders of the natural world lining its corridors.
Went during the October half term, was disappointed not to get an allocated time to see the dinosaurs however the queues went fairly quickly too. My 6yr old was amazed (again) and will definitely return, if only to see more of the museum!
This museum is in an absolutely beautiful building. It's worth going inside just to enjoy the architecture. The dinosaur exhibit was a bit disappointing - what was there was cool, but in a big natural history museum in the centre of London, I would have expected more, especially because of the quality of other London museums. The wildlife rooms were alright, but everything technology- and exhibit-related was very dated. It looks like they haven't updated their exhibits since the 80s. The blue whale model was pretty awesome though - I could never have imagined how big a blue whale was before seeing it! The exhibits about human biology were very interesting, although, again, they seemed a bit dated. Definitely a museum worth seeing, although not first on my list for
At the Natural History Museum, the T-Rex is pretty sweet, the taxidermied animals are, too, in a strange and creepy way, the Treasures exhibit is always worth a gander, and the Earth escalator in the red zone is really awesome (but looks way better in pictures than IRL, TBH. All about the three-letter acronyms today, FYI, OMG.)
Oh, and we can't forget about the outside - in this case, and only in this case, I will say it is completely acceptable and even encouraged to judge a book by its cover (or a building by its...amazing 1800s striped stone architecture...yeah, the analogy works).
It isn't my favourite museum in London, by any means. Things are, in places, hard to find in here, some of the exhibits are a bit too lengthy and sometimes dated, and there are always a lot of screaming children in the place, but I like the NHM just fine. I've now been a handful of times and haven't regretted it, but I'm not sure how many more times I can go without feeling like history is repeating itself........(lol?).
I love museums but I'm not a science-y person and I'm not particularly into dinosaurs. The only reason we checked out the exhibit was because a friend was in town to visit and likes dinosaurs.
I'm so glad we did! Despite a massive queue on a Sunday afternoon, we zipped through the line to get inside the exhibit within half an hour.
The set up is AMAZING. First, you get a bird's eye view of the exhibit from a bridge-like platform. It's kind of like you're still queuing to get in to the exhibit but from this high vantage point, you can see some of the fossils at a better angle than on the floor. There are also clever posters along this path to the real thing with cartoons about dinosaurs.
Once you get to the ground level with the actual exhibits, there is a ton to see and learn. The way the information is presented is very engaging and not your usual boring museum fodder. Comparisons between different dinosaurs and animals today, videos, interactive activities, very basic explanations of different controversies in what people think about dinosaurs (e.g. hot blooded vs cold blooded) --it's great for all ages and I actually took some stuff away from a dinosaur exhibit!
Plus: IT'S FREE!
Well done Natural History Museum. Highly recommended.
It seems I've already spent so much time there, when I was a student at nearby Imperial College...
Yet the NHM is still one of the best place to spend time and learn stuff in London !
From the outside, the building is amazing.
On the inside, the building is also amazing.
And then we get to the contents. What's great about this museum is that it's designed to educate in multiple dimensions.
As an example - you know from the text books that the blue whale is the biggest creature on Earth, right? But unless you swam with one, you'd never appreciate the size until you walked alongside the replica here. You know that dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but when you walk under replicas, you only then get an appreciation for their teeth or talons.
Too often we teach sciences from lectures and textbooks. What we miss are larger than life 3D examples... a human cell the size of a dishwasher. A fetus the size of a fridge. For kids, there's a big mix of things you can't touch, but things that are meant to be played with. That's cool.
Everything about this place is ambitious, which I find to be aspirational. And to think it's all free. That's inspirational.
A paleontologist's paradise.
Don't go up to the "skywalk" in the Green Room unless you REALLY love seeing the same info about dinosaurs from a couple feet higher. You will be trapped for at least a half hour with screaming toddlers in strollers.
Took my nephew to the Natural History Museum two weeks ago and to be honest I was as if not more impressed than he was. It's truly a breathtaking experience. We both just loved the audio-mechanic models, but our absolute favourite was the interactive Cacoon exhibition.
Don't miss out on this place, it is great fun.
My friend was visiting London and he wanted to visit all the big museums. The great thing about them are, THEY'RE FREE! (the big ones are at least.)
We got off the tube station and bam the Natural History Museum was RIGHT THERE. It's big and full of families. What do you expect it's a museum catered for young children. It's a great museum with tons of different exhibits to see.
The only sad thing is after waiting in line to see the dinosaur exhibit, we found out the T-Rex was out of commission.
I suggest going to this museum if you have children. Otherwise, maybe check out the V&A next door.
Over the weekend we attended the Star Trek convention. So what better way to wrap up our nertastic weekend than a trip to the Natural History Museum. ...in our trekkie outfits. HAHAHA I'm just kidding! We kept it classy. ...I only wore my hipster Allstars and carried my Star Trek convention badge.
Either way, yes, this was nertastic! I really enjoyed the enormous layout of the building. The Great Hall is simply breath-taking. I felt transported into Grand Central station almost in NY. Oh, and did I mention the robotic T-Rex? Stand under the jaw, I seriously got some goosebumps.
Very family and kid friendly, which made it a little difficult for us adults to navigate through :/ Next time, I'll have to attend the night life exhibit, no kiddies, woot!
Can't beat free either! Afterwards, we went outside and ate freshly made/melted peanut brittle from a street vendor for £2. Seriously London, sometimes I effing HEART you.
Why has no one reviewed this place? It's incredible. Ok, it's not incredible with a large "I" but thats because a f**kin museum and they are all stuffy and boring, right?
We'll so is this place, yet it's also magical and packed with things to look at touch, marvel at, wonder about. If you are London schoolchild you have been here at least once, and lucky you - dinosaurs galore (bones + animatronics), stuffed animals and insects in glass blocks, life sized human body parts, and a recreation of a Japanese corner store complete with earthquake simulation.
For everyone not on a school trip I still suggest you take a kid with you. Unlike the V&A (for sophisticated loner adults), this Natural History Museum benefits from having an excuse to get lost among rooms filled with rocks or creepy crawlies or a Triceratops skeleton, asking dumb questions of helpful helpers, pretending of course that your child companion is the one who needs to know.
Oh, and its free. Donate something if you can, if not expect to spend at least half a day in the place, fascinated, educated, impressed. Until you realise that your are in a museum and run screaming out the doors to the closest McDonalds or shopping mall (Harrods).
Wonderful museum to bring the kids. It's a little dated and the exhibits are poorly organized but who cares if it's not all high tech and flashy. It's free and has a nice old museum feel.
Cafeteria is large and has a good variety of food, snacks and beverages. Some healthy, some not so much. Lots of seating and the staff are very diligent about keeping the area clean. If you fancy something else, there are many restaurants just outside the museum,
Very baby friendly with many high chairs, a large baby bathroom and breastfeeding area.
Beautiful exhibit hall. Loved seeing the fossils and dinosaur casts. Very crowded and full of kids tours that day, so pretty loud. So much to see! Taxidermy to precious gems. Some exhibits are specially formatted for kids. Lots to wonder and amaze you.
This is, in my opinion, the best museum in the Uk to visit. I can't remember how many times I've visited here since I was a child. The building itself and the architecture is nearly as fascinating as the displays inside.
The museum is so vast you could spend all day exploring (to this day I doubt that I've seen it all).
If there is any chance of rain (this is England after all) bring an umbrella as there are usually queues to get in.
Best of all, it's free!
Not worth the money...oh wait, its free. In that case, its not worth the time, unless you need to use the bathroom. If you've been to any other Museum of Natural History you've experienced a better museum.
I went into the dinosaur area and had to wait in line to see an animated T-Rex! Seriously? In the museum of natural history the main attraction in the dinosaur area is a robotic T-Rex? It would be cool if I were a 2-year old boy (maybe 3), but I was incredibly disappointed. From the T-Rex we were made to zigzag through the rest of the exhibit to the exit. The exhibit layout was awful and a poor use of space.
The mammal area was decent with a number of good exhibits...thankfully nothing else was as poorly done as the dinosaur area.
The remainder of the museum was okay. The building was really nice, and maybe the problem is they had to fit this museum in an existing building, but I was left unimpressed and surprised since the other museums I visited in London were impressive.
It's possible that my view is tainted because of my initial encounters in the dinosaur exhibit, but again, if you've been to any other museum of natural history then I think you're safe to skip this museum and visit some of the other sites around the city.
Bottom line - instead of staying in the museum I decided to brave the rain outside and move on to some other shopping.
Nice museum. We had many interesting moments there. I recommend you to go there, because the exhibitions are one of a kind.
What can be better on a cold Sunday afternoon than a trip to the Natural History Museum? Not as overtly cultured as the V&A or the British Museum, you can simply wander through the dinosaur galleries and indulge your child-like wonder at the assembled dinosaur bones and wish the Chixulub meteor had been less apocalyptic
The Mammal collection looks faded and threadbare and looks to be the same exhibition as the last time I visited, years back in the eighties
All in all, though a worthwhile way to spend your afternoon
(they also have stuffed penguins, birds, a whale model, educational exhibits, and it's a gorgeous structure)
but did you see the animatronic T-Rex with the smoke machines? how about the big Brachiosaurus skeleton?! RRRRRWWWWAAAARRRR stompstompstomp.
This is the first museum you will hit if you're hitting Museum Row, coming from South Ken station. It is also the best museum.
It looks great from the outside and there are a galaxy of interesting and informative exhibits, covering everything from Earth to animals to ecology. There is a lot to see, touch and interact with.
Another great thing to catch is the annual Wildfire Photographer of the Year show which is held here. Some stunning photos to admire.
First of all, the building is absolutely stunning. But, it is kind of a problem when you are more fascinated by the structure than the actual exhibits. I started off as a three, but am dithering because when I look at my photos, I remember, "oh, yeah, that was cool, and that too."
But, I am going to stick with my gut. Can this compare to the British Museum? The Tower of London? The Imperial War Museum? No. Of all the sights we saw in London, I have to say that the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace (in its current form) were the lowlights.
There was so much to see that this museum is almost overwhelming. Thank goodness there is color coding or you'd be helplessly lost. We split our time between the blue and red zones. Certain parts of the Blue Zone (human biology and the mammal gallery) were embarrassing dated. Totally stuck in the 60s. Exhibits were dusty, the signage was outdated, etc. Perhaps I've just experienced too much excellent taxidermy (weird, I know) to be impressed by what is on display here. My son's favorite part was the fun house mirrors.
The earth sciences wing was much more interesting to us. The escalator through the center of the Earth was pretty cool. I should note that we didn't get to view the dinosaur wing since it was closed for annual cleaning.
If my kids were younger, it might have held more interest. But, we enjoyed grabbing a bite to eat at the cafe and there was easy access to the museum via the Underground. A four means that I recommend the museum and I'm not willing to go that far. There are so many other places to visit that are either uniquely London or have a little more wow factor.
Note to visitors: Like many museums in London, this one is FREE.
While the outside of this beautiful building literally blows me away, the interior could do with a bit of a sprucing up. Clearly a lack of donations or preserving the artefacts doesn't allow for air conditioning, so Saturday mornings in the summer should be avoided. I was a little disappointed by some of the exhibitions, lots of reproductions makes it hard to know what's real and what's plastic. The animatronic T-Rex was a bit lame but most people seemed to enjoy it.
Maybe it's because I'm a big animal lover but all the stuffed exotic animals kinda freaked me out. Still really interesting and free, so definitely worth a visit... especially if you have kids.
The Natural history museum has free entry and is a must see place for tourists and locals. Gape at full scale models of blue whales, huge dinosaur skeletons and mind blowing arrays of animals I've never even heard of.(And I watch a lot of Discovery channel)
It isn't just animals on display. The Natural history museum houses displays from flowers to volcanoes, all in incredible detail. It is an amazing learning resource for kids to those doing degree level work.
The building itself has stunning architecture. The resonance of the place means you could wander for hours and not feel a hint of boredom.
If you want to avoid the hordes of kids that frequent the museum avoid the weekends.
Probably my least favorite of all of the museums I visited in London. The Natural History Museum is a mixed bag. On one hand you have the gorgeous building and it's architecture. On the other you have the antiquated displays and exhibits which may or may not have been installed when the building was constructed. I'm joking obviously -- only about the original instillation however.
A fun exhibit is the Dinosaur section -- complete with an angry roaring and head bobbing T-Rex. The setup threw me for a loop when I started it however. I was hoping to just take a peek and move on. It brings you up top across the exhibit and then puts you at the other end. There's no shortcut here folks. It's not a big deal but if you're hoping to get through without being run over by strollers and smacked with backpacks it's best to wait for the crowd to thin out. I was trapped in Dinoland for a good 45 minutes because of the congestion.
A visually unappealing but impressive exhibit is the rocks and gems section and The Vault. Mind boggling large they have thousands of rocks. The Vault has a few interesting gems but is pennies compared to the gold mine of The Tower of London Crown Jewels and V&A Jewelry exhibits.
The mammals section is mildly interesting with the ginormous whale bodies and skeletons. Sort of feels like your Grandmother's attic after a while though. The upstairs mammal exhibits are repetitive and most kids I saw were enjoying pounding on buttons instead of learning. Be prepared for endless pram jams throughout this area.
My favorite areas were the Darwin Center and the Earth exhibits. If you must pick one I would definitely do the Darwin center located to the left as you enter. Learn about research scientists and how they are changing the future. You can also see real scientists in action and ask them questions through the speakers. This area is brand new and the complete opposite of the rest of the museum. Bright and airy is a breath of fresh air. Lots of breaks in the sections and not many strollers makes for a quieter experience.
The Earth section was interesting but the only thing especially memorable were the statues at the base of the globe and then the ride up through it. Fun but not mind blowing.
They had a Sexy Beast paid exhibit which looked intriguing but not enough for me to buy a ticket. Another great budget friendly museum for kids and adults alike.
The Natural History Museum in London is definitely a very special place, which you can tell the moment you walk up and see the immensity of it. Like many London museums, admission is free, and when you walk in you are initially stunned into silence by the size and grandeur of the central hall. It's jaw-droppingly spectacular and ornate with the requisite dinosaur skeleton as the main feature. While the museum is incredibly large, it's set up in a way that makes it very easy to go through the exhibits, one after another, without missing anything. My dinosaur fanatic children loved the dino section and were thrilled with how many different skeletons there were to see as we well as all the interactive educational exhibits. The hall of mammals is amazing and well-stocked with creatures great (Blue Whale) to small (pygmy Hippo). There are many interactive exhibits throughout, which can slow down a visit quite a bit. This is not a museum to do in half a day, which we attempted, because you will have to make sacrifices. We ended up missing the entire red section because of it. I really look forward to going back.
Oh my....what a lovely museum. We had a great time 4 years ago with our curious 4 year old. She enjoyed it so much!
The ONLY reason why it's only worth 4 stars? Well, the facilities is in dire need of some TLC...the ladies' room had a bad odor....mind you, it's NOT the janitors fault! It's the antiquated facilities....
The food was ok...could be better.
5 stars for the free entry!! Wooohoooo!
The museum itself is an artifact that should be in a museum. I love the architecture of this building.
It also doesn't hurt that i LOVE dinosaurs! Watch out for that T-rex, he'll get ya.
Tom (IE Raul) and I went here last weekend and there was a MASSIVE qeue at 4 pm. But I think I overheard someone say that there was some kind of sleepover (why wasn't I invited?)
We didn't want to pay the extra dosh to see the natural photographer of the year exhibit, so instead we went into the gift shop and looked at the book from the exhibit (we are cheaters)
I'm not allowed to bad-mouth NHM because my boyfriend worked here and he reads my yelp reviews. (I love you, James, muah).
I was lucky enough to sneak behind the closed doors, and go on a behind-the-scene tour. It's amazing what the museum keeps in its storage room. Darwin's specimens that never gets to see day-light, the labs where specimens are prepared, and the giant squid that was temporarily on display and now back in the formolsaline tank... I'd love to steal the keys any day and let myself back in the doors again.
I have to take off a star because one of the exhibitions in the brain room is broken, and it made me feel dumber than a chimpanzee. :( I heard that exhibition was built in the 80's, and has never been update?
You'd love this place if you love day-school in the museums. NHM puts on some cool exhibitions, but you'd have to appreciate how hard it is to be a school teacher, before you can appreciate the museum itself.
A great museum for kids. The grounds outside are great for playing, and kids all love seeing dinosaurs and other dead animals.
Like all the major museums in London, admission is free. Be prepared for hordes of schoolchildren, especially during the summer.
There are many cheap food options for when you or the kids get hungry.
Be warned: like most old buildings in London, the HVAC system and ventilation is horrible. During the hottest weeks of summer, it's nearly impossible to breathe in some parts of the museum. On one particularly hot day (95°F outside), it was so stuffy in the Blue Zone that I had to just quickly walk through and look at the animals and walk out.
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