Activities for families and kids


A trip to the Natural History Museum is the perfect family day out in London this summer.

Get up-close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science, and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for curious kids and inquisitive parents.

There is so much to explore in the galleries and there are many free and low-cost activities running every day. With regular family exhibitions, plenty of hands-on, interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there's something for children of all ages at the Natural History Museum.

The Museum is just a short walk from South Kensington Tube station. With on-site restaurants like the T. rex Grill, free pushchair storage and world-famous dinosaurs, you're guaranteed a great family day out.


The Museum was awarded winner of the Best for Free Activities and Best for Learning categories in London at the 2018 Hoop Awards

What's on for families

Life in the Dark

Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Kids go free. Book now.

Sensational Butterflies

See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in our tropical butterfly house. This family favourite is here throughout the summer holidays.

Nature Live

Find out more about upcoming topics and guests appearing on Nature Live, our free live show held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Behind-the-scenes tours

Go behind the scenes with our knowledgeable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.


Dino Snores for Kids

This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

Practical information

Tips to help make your visit easy

The Museum is an exciting place and it can get busy. Here are some tips for families to help make your visit to the Museum as easy as possible.

  • Follow NHM_Visiting on Twitter for for information on queues and waiting times.
  • Folded pushchairs can be left in the cloakroom for free.
  • Baby-changing facilities are clearly marked on the Museum map and floor plans.
  • All floors of the Museum are accessible by lift.
  • High chairs are available for babies and toddlers in all cafes.
  • There is a picnic area on the Lower Ground Floor where families can rest or enjoy a packed lunch.

Fast-track your visit with a Family membership

Membership comes with many benefits to help you make the most of your visit to the Museum. As well as free, unlimited entry to all paid exhibitions and discounts at our shops and cafes, you can also skip the queue and use the cloakrooms for free.

Family memberships can be purchased online and are available to use immediately by all family members named on the membership.