Visit the Museum as a community member
Wednesday – Sunday
11.00-17.50 (last entry 16.30)
Closed Monday and Tuesday
From 16 October
Monday – Sunday
10.00-17.50 (last entry 16.30)
Closed 24-26 December
Last updated 13 October
A warm welcome to the Natural History Museum for our local community during October half term.
We would like to extend a special invitation to the audiences connected to our local community organisations, their staff, volunteers and families.
We have reserved two free ticket time slots for you during October half term. Most of the Museum will be open for you to explore and there will be activities to investigate nature more closely in our outdoor Wildlife Garden.
We will also have light breakfast refreshments (a choice of juice, water, tea or coffee and a pastry) included with the ticket and a family activity pack which contains notebooks, pencils, souvenirs and activity sheets to make the experience even more special.
To help keep everyone safe, a timed entry system is in place. Only a limited number of people are allowed in our galleries. It's essential that all visitors book a free ticket in advance.
The dedicated booking dates and times are as follows:
- Monday 26 October 10.00-12.00
- Wednesday 28 October 10.00-12.00
You are welcome to stay as long as you like once you have booked your arrival time.
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Please select a date and time to visit. There is a maximum of six tickets per order to enable social distancing. Please select a ticket for everyone in your group, including children. Unfortunately, we are unable to take larger group bookings at this time.
In line with government advice, if you're visiting with others from Saturday 17 October, they must be from your household or support bubble.
To book tickets as a general public visitor instead, please visit at nhm.ac.uk.
This initiative is part of our ambition to grow our local community partnership programming and help to create advocates for the planet right here on our doorstep. For more information, you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Roaming the galleries can be exhausting stuff, so why not rest and refuel in one of our cafes? There's a selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks available. Browse the shops for dinosaur- and other nature-inspired gifts. Some of our cafes and shops are temporarily closed.
Plan your visit
Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.
Even if you've visited the Museum before and have seen the highlights, there's still plenty to discover. This tour guides you through some of the Museum's lesser-known treasures and is great for all ages.
Things to do at home
Explore the Museum from home by taking a virtual tour and seeing up to 300,000 specimens. Alternatively, flick through Wildlife Photographer of the Year images at your own pace or join the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 for interactive talks with our scientists.
Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Join the team on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research.
You can ask questions during the live broadcast on YouTube.