Eat, drink and shop

An empty Central Hall cafe with terracotta arch features as the walls, tables and chairs.

Refuel in our cafes and pick up gifts and souvenirs in our shops.

Last updated 26 July

All our eateries are family-friendly and have tasty, freshly prepared food. You can find vegetarian and vegan options, too. Please speak to staff about any special dietary requirements.

In our shops we strive to source products made from organic, recycled or sustainable materials. All sales support the work of the Museum.

In collaboration with our catering partner Benugo, we've created scientifically supported carbon and water labelling for food purchased from the fridges in our cafes and restaurants. This is to help visitors who want to make an informed choice based on environmental impact.

We're trying to generate as little waste as possible across all the Museum's activities and are constantly working to find the best sustainable solutions for the planet.

Discounts for Members and Patrons

Members and Patrons receive a 20% discount in our shops in store and online, and a 10% discount in our cafes and restaurants. Exclusions apply.

  • Restaurants and cafes

    T. rex Restaurant

    Step back in time and dine with the dinosaurs in our family restaurant. Enjoy pizzas, salads, toasted sandwiches and desserts. Kids' meals are available.

    In the Green Zone. Open 11.00-16.00. 

    Central Cafe

    Take a break and enjoy a selection of sandwiches and salads, or tuck into crisps, cakes, pastries and fruit.

    Takeaway is available. High chairs are available.

    In the Blue Zone. Open 10.00-17.30.

    The Kitchen

    Choose from sandwiches, wraps and seasonal salads, or try our cakes, pastries and muffins. For kids, there are special lunch and activity packs. 

    In the Red Zone. Open 11.30-16.00.

    Darwin Centre Cafe

    Time for a tea break? Refuel with light bites like sandwiches and salads or snack on fruit, pastries or crisps. 

    In the Orange Zone. Open 11.00-16.00.

  • Shops

    Museum Shop

    Find a great range of nature-inspired gifts for all ages. From puzzles and toys to art and homewares, it is a must for all visitors.

    Near Hintze Hall and the Cromwell Road entrance. Open daily, 10.00-17.50.

    The Cranbourne Boutique

    Browse beautiful fashion, homeware, gifts and prints all inspired by themes from the natural world in our boutique shop. 

    Getting there: located in the Red Zone, opposite The Coffee House, open daily 10.00-17.50

    Closed for refurbishment until Monday 2 October 

    Dino Store

    Discover dinosaurs galore in this popular store. You can find everything from dinosaur books and clothes to dinosaur games and toys.

    Don't miss the pocket money gifts, the perfect place to find little prehistoric presents.

    At the exit of the Dinosaurs gallery. Open daily, 10.00-17.50.

Anning Rooms

The Anning Rooms are a private lounge, study area and restaurant perfect for a light lunch or coffee away from the hustle and bustle. Open only to Members and Patrons

Picnic space

If you would prefer to bring your own food, you can use the Picnic Area on the lower ground floor in the Green Zone.

Please note, during term time the Picnic Area is reserved for school groups on weekdays between 11.00-14.00, after this all of the tables are available for public use.