Visit the Museum as a community member

Hope the blue whale in Hinzte Hall greeting Whale hellooo again.
  • 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

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

If you're unable to visit the Museum in person, you can still connect with us through our Nature Live Online programme, Lates Online and our Try this at home resources.

How did you hear?

We'd love to know where you heard about this offer. Please get in touch to let us know. 

Explore the galleries

We're as itching as you are to get back to exploring the Museum. While most of the galleries are open, we've closed a few where social distancing isn't possible.  

Eat, drink and shop

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


  • 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.   

    • 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 (access at the corner of Exhibition Road): This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington. This station is not step-free. Gloucester Road Tube station has step-free access.

    Exhibition Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington. This station is not step-free. Gloucester Road Tube station has step-free access.

    Queen's Gate: This entrance is closed. Closest Tube station: Gloucester Road

    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 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 seven minutes' walk from the Cromwell Road entrance.

    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

    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 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.

Self-guided tours

Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

Family favourites

Round up your family and take a  tour  to see some of the Museum's biggest sights⁠ including dinosaurs, whales and volcanoes.

Exhibits with impact

Uncover some of the Museum's most fascinating stories with this tour aimed at adults and solo travellers. 

Hidden treasures

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.

Virtual Museum: 13 ways to explore from home

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.

See the exhibition

Discover the world's best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.

16 October 2020 - 6 June 2021

Nature Live Online

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.