Getting here

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Entrances

The Museum has three entrances, on Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road and Queen's Gate. 

Cromwell Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington

Exhibition Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington

Queen's Gate: This entrance may be open during busy periods, such as holidays and half term. Closest Tube station: Gloucester Road

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Transportation

By Tube

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum's Exhibition Road entrance.

Gloucester Road station also services the above Tube lines and is approximately 5 minutes' walk from the Queen's Gate entrance.

Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum.

By bus

Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum.  

By bicycle

There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are outside our Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

By coach

For groups travelling by coach, the drop-off point is outside the Cromwell Road entrance.

By car

We do not have parking facilities on-site and parking around the Museum is limited.

Disabled parking

We have a small number of parking spaces on-site for Blue Badge holders. Please book in advance by calling us on +44 (0)20 7942 6230. You can access these spaces via Queen’s Gate, SW7 5HD, to the west of the Museum.

There are also twelve Blue Badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road. These spaces are managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and cannot be booked in advance. You can park there for four hours between 8.30 and 18.30. Find out more on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's website.

  • The Natural History Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London SW7 5BD

  • Open every day 10.00-17.50
    Last entry 17.30
    Closed 24-26 December

  • Admission is free. There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions.

What's On

Find out what's on with our calendar of activities, events and special exhibitions.

Gallery announcements

We sometimes need to close areas of the Museum. Check our latest updates.

Access at South Kensington

Make sure your visit runs smoothly using our guide to accessiblity at the Museum.

Get set

Our Museum guide includes a map, fun facts and tips, and is available in five different languages.

Visiting the Museum at Tring?

Find information about visiting our sister museum at Tring in Hertfordshire.