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Welcome to the Natural History Museum at South Kensington. 

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

Last updated 27 December


Book a free ticket or become a Member for guaranteed entry. 

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

Tickets are currently available for visits up to 31 March 2022.

Members, Patrons and Corporate Supporters

You do not need to book general admission or exhibition tickets. Arrive at any time and you will have priority access. The option to book is still available if you prefer for Members and Corporate Supporters.

Become a Member

Members enjoy free entry to all exhibitions, priority access and exclusive events.

Support the Museum and join today.

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 in the Museum, unless you're exempt, in line with government guidance

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


    We are continuing to operate at a reduced capacity to give visitors more space to enjoy the Museum. Please follow the signposted one-way routes.

    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.   

    • Our professional and friendly security officers work hard to protect our visitors, staff and the collections, and make sure everyone enjoys their visit. Find out about the security and safety measures we have in place.
    • Protective screens are in place at key touchpoints such as cafes, shops and information desks. Face coverings are optional for staff. 
    • For information about cloakrooms, toilets and lifts, visit Access at South Kensington.
    • It is no longer a legal requirement for us to collect your contact details for Test and Trace purposes. NHS QR codes are still be available for those who choose to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app.


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  • Getting here


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    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.

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How you can help

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.