The Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire

Tring's emperor penguin saying 'Ice to see you again'.

This is the warmest welcome you'll get in Tring. We're open and excited to see you again.

  • Monday – Sunday 10.30-16.30

    Closed 24-26 December 

Last updated 19 October


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

All visitors must book a free ticket in advance online. If you're having difficulty booking online, or wish to cancel or rebook your tickets, please call the Contact Centre.

Please only book if you're able to attend, or let us know if you can no longer make it so that we can make the tickets available to other visitors.

New tickets are released regularly. 

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 full list of exemptions.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow. Face coverings are provided to staff.

    Social distancing

    Please respect social distancing throughout the Museum. Some smaller spaces within the galleries will require you to wait for other visitors. 

    Hand sanitiser stations

    Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and exit to the Museum. 


    Our facilities will be cleaned regularly 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.   

    • All touch interactives have been removed from the galleries.
    • For information about cloakrooms, toilets and lifts, visit Facilities and access at Tring.
    • 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

    Entrance to the Museum is via the quad entrance on Park Street. The small path from the Dawes Park car park will lead you there. The other entrances are closed.

    By road

    Tring is on the A41, 30 miles north-west of London. From the M25, exit at Junction 20.


    There is free car parking in Dawes Park. It has 50 spaces, with three for Blue Badge holders and two parent-and-toddler spaces.

    The Akeman Street car park is currently closed due to major building works. Two Blue Badge holder spaces are still available.

    Alternative car parks are available off the high street. The car parks managed by Dacorum Borough Council are free for the first hour with a small charge thereafter.  

    By train

    There are regular train services to Tring station. The station is about two miles from the Museum and can be reached by bus or taxi.

    You can check train times using the National Rail journey planner, and find local transport information on the Tring Town Council website. Follow Network Rail's Coronavirus safe travel advice

    By bus

    Buses run from most of the towns in the area. Plan your bus journey on the Hertfordshire Travel Information website or call Traveline on +44 (0)870 608 2608.

    Coach parking

    There are two coach parking spaces in the overflow car park off Hastoe Lane.

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Self-guided tours at Tring

Encourage children to ask questions and discuss animal features with our free self-guided tours. 

Animal Mummies: What's Inside

Explore what's inside animal mummies from ancient Egypt in this free exhibition. 

Now open.

Explore the local area

Once you've wandered the galleries, head to Tring Park. The chalk grassland is a 10-minute walk from the Museum.

Tring town centre has a variety of shops, cafes and pubs, plus the Tring Local History Museum. A short drive away is the Wildlife Trust reserve, College Lake.

Things to do at home

We've brought the Museum to you with latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year images, hands-on activities for families and live online events.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species.

Family-friendly activities to try at home

Find activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space. 

Nature Live Online

Join the Nature Live Online team every Tuesday at 12.00 GMT and Friday at 10.30 GMT for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research.

You can ask questions during the live broadcast on YouTube.