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Cromwell Road,London
+44 (0)20 -7942- 5000
All days of the week
10:00AM - 5:45 PM

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By tube We are within walking distance of South Kensington station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. By bus Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near us. The 360 stops in Exhibition Road. By bicycle There are cycle parking facilities by the Cromwell Road entrance and there are racks along Exhibition Road. The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking station is outside the Exhibition Road entrance. Other nearby locations include Queen's Gate and South Kensington tube station. By coach Victoria Coach Station is within walking distance of Victoria train and tube station on the Circle or District lines. The Museum is 2 stops on the westbound underground. For groups travelling by coach, the coach drop-off point is outside the Cromwell Road entrance. Please ensure engines are turned off when waiting in this area. By car Driving to the Museum may not be easy and parking is not available on Exhibition Road, which is exclusively for residents and a limited number of Blue Badge holders.

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Housed inside a grand Romanesque building, Natural History Museum will take you on a joyride through the history of civilization and all the species that have walked this planet ever since its inception. Even as you enter its compound, you will find its facade strewn with inlays of living beings that presently exist to the left of the entrance and those that are extinct to the right, although having being built quite some years back you might find it outdated. While the museum houses more than 70 million specimen, only a small portion of that is on actual display, but even that is large enough for you to be engrossed the entire day. 

Though a myriad of life forms have been covered here, its the dinosaurs that get the most attention. Typically surrounded by a group of excited kids, the dinosaur displays, especially that of the diplodocus looming above and the animatronic ones, act as a crowd magnet and you are likely to find them swarming with adults and children. Dinosaurs are a part of the Blue Zone exhibits and they are not the only impressive exhibit out here. Other contenders are the 94 feet model of a blue whale, model of a fetus- adult-sized and the skeleton of a saber tooth tiger.

Green Zone is where the plants and insects are the star residents with enormous models of insects and even a termite mound and colony of leaf cutter ants. Red Zone with its focus on the planet's geography and you can actually experience an earthquake in the Earthquake simulator and explore their gallery of minerals and gemstones.
Darwin Center or the Orange Zone, museum's latest addition in 2008, has a number of incredible attractions such as the Cocoon filled with plants and insect specimen and the Attenborough studio, where you can catch AV shows and talks.
A number of interactive workshops and games are conducted everyday for children, adults and families. Be sure to check with the information desk when you arrive. 

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Natural History Museum traveller reviews

1 Natural History Museum review
Monu Deswal
Monu Deswal
Free admission, beautiful building
Jun 22 2014
Very crowed with school group , but still an enjoyable experience overall. There is an outdoor area where little ones can burn off energy, which is nice . we enjoyer the mineral exhibit . lot of animals,etc to keep children entertained and informed.