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Plan your visit to the Natural History Museum in London, or our Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Welcome to the Natural History Museum at South Kensington

Open daily 10.00-17.50
(last entry 17.30)
Closed 24-26 December


Visiting the Museum is free. Get your free ticket or become a Member to skip the queues. 

Skip the queues

Our supporters (including our Members) can jump the queues, get free entry to all of our paid exhibitions and get great discounts. 

Plan your visit

  • Getting here


    Cromwell Road main entrance: is open and is accessible via the gates at the front of the Museum. It has step-free access with a ramp. what3words: ///

    Exhibition Road: This entrance is open but not step free. There is a lift from the entrance lobby to the galleries. what3words: ///limit.take.admits 


    By Tube

    The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about a five-minute walk from the Museum's main entrance on Cromwell Road. Piccadilly, District and Circle line trains stop at South Kensington. 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. 

    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 5000. 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.

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

Unravel the epic story of birds, from surviving a mass extinction event to inhabiting every continent on Earth. Discover the secrets to their success and their surprising and often shocking tactics for survival.

Open now

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Explore the natural world in all its fragility and diversity at our annual exhibition, where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure.

Closing 30 June

Visit our new gardens

Opening soon, our gardens follow the story of how life on Earth has changed over time, from the days of the dinosaurs through to today.  

Open daily from 18 July

Looking for inspiration on what to see?

Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, discover what you can see and do in our free galleries, and where you can eat, drink and shop.