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The Natural History Museum at South Kensington is now open and we can't wait to see you again.

10.00-17.50 (last entry 17.00)
Closed 24-26 December

Last updated 10 June


All visitors (including Members and Corporate Supporters) must book a free ticket in advance online for guaranteed entry. Government guidance around indoor visits (the rule of six) applies at the Museum.

To help keep everyone safe, a timed entry system is in place. Only a limited number of people are allowed in our galleries.

Please only book if you're able to attend, or let us know if you can no longer make it, so that we can make the tickets available to other visitors. 

Tickets are currently available for visits up to 5 September. Tickets for weekend visits throughout June are limited. 

Walk-up tickets

Subject to capacity on the day, we may have a limited number of walk-up tickets available. We cannot guarantee entry to the Museum without a pre-booked ticket.

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Plan your visit

  • Safety information

    The safety of our visitors and staff is our priority. Here's what we're doing to help keep everyone safe, and what you can do to help.

    Face coverings

    Face coverings must be worn inside the Museum. Read our list of exemptions.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow. 

    Social distancing

    Please follow the signposted one-way routes and respect social distancing throughout the Museum.

    Hand sanitiser stations

    Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Museum. 


    Our facilities will be cleaned throughout the day by staff.  

    Contactless payments

    Pay with contactless if possible, although cash will still be accepted.  

    Feeling unwell?

    Please do not visit the Museum if you're feeling unwell or have a temperature, consistent cough or loss of taste.   

    • Government guidance around indoor visits (the rule of six) applies at the Museum.
    • In line with updated government advice, all visitors over the age of 16 will be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details on arrival at the Museum. Smartphone users can download the NHS COVID-19 app before arriving at the Museum. 
    • Protective screens are in place at key touchpoints such as cafes, shops and information desks. Face coverings are provided to staff.
    • Some digital touch screens and hands-on exhibits will be switched off or closed, others will remain available with hand sanitiser nearby.
    • For information about cloakrooms, toilets and lifts, visit Access at South Kensington.
    • We may need to share your information with the NHS Test and Trace service if someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 lists the Museum as a place they recently visited. Read our privacy notice to find out how your information is shared and stored. If you do not want your contact details passed on to the NHS Test and Trace service, you can opt out by contacting us. Please note that your contact details will still be collected when you book your ticket so that we can provide important safety information about your visit. 


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  • Getting here


    Cromwell Road main entrance (access at the corner of Exhibition Road): This entrance is open and has step-free access. 

    Exhibition Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. 

    Follow @NHM_Visiting on Twitter for the most up-to-date entrance information during peak times.


    By Tube

    The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about a five-minute walk from the Museum's main entrance on Exhibition Road. It services the District and Circle lines. Piccadilly line trains will not stop here until spring 2022. This station is not step-free.

    Gloucester Road station is about a 12-minute walk from the main entrance on Cromwell Road. It services the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines. This station has a lift but is not step-free.

    Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum. Follow Transport for London's Coronavirus safe travel guidance

    By bus

    Several bus routes stop near the Museum. Visit Transport for London's website for details.

    By bicycle

    There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Santander Cycles docking stations are on Exhibition Road and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

    By coach

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

    By car

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

    Disabled parking

    We have a very limited number of parking spaces on site for Blue Badge holders. Availability cannot be guaranteed. 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.

  • What can I see?

    We're as itching as you are to explore the Museum again. While most of the galleries are open, we've closed a few where social distancing isn't possible. Discover what you can see and do in our free galleries, and where you can eat, drink and shop across four zones.

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Tickets include Museum entry after you've visited the exhibition.

You can also enjoy the Museum away from the crowds at our late-night exhibition openings.

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We are open!

Entry to the Museum remains free, but since we closed our doors we've been losing vital income. Donations will help us to continue welcoming visitors and connecting people to nature through inspiring stories and educational activities. 

So if you could help us with a donation - no matter the size - we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.