"Dinosaurs - and more" Top 5 Page for this destination Natural History Museum Tip by toonsarah

Natural History Museum, London: 115 reviews and 222 photos

  Main Hall, Natural History Museum
by toonsarah

This is one of a group of museums in South Kensington, and is a great place to take the kids, for one simple reason – dinosaurs! If there is a child anywhere who isn’t fascinated by these amazing creatures, I have yet to meet them. Even before you get to the special Dinosaurs Gallery, the main entrance hall is dominated by a huge skeleton of a Diplodocus, whetting the appetite for the awesome exhibits in the gallery itself, including a giant animatronic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (not for the nervous child perhaps) and an intact Triceratops skeleton.

Elsewhere in the museum you can see a life-size model of a blue whale, a piece of the moon, a 1,300-year-old giant sequoia and even experience what an earthquake feels like. It has to be said though that some of the galleries have less child appeal – collections of rocks and minerals, for instance, are likely to bore them fairly quickly, so it helps to plan your route carefully.

There are several places to eat and drink (including an indoor space in the basement where you can eat a packed lunch in bad weather), plenty of toilet facilities, and several shops where you’re highly likely to succumb to “pester power” (a cuddly T Rex, anyone?) The website has a very practical Parents’ Survival Guide section to help you plan a visit with small children.

I also like the fact that you’re allowed to take photographs and videos for personal use anywhere in the Museum.

Admission is free (apart from some of the temporary exhibitions), and the museum is open Monday to Sunday 10.00AM – 17.50PM, every day except 24th -26th December. Last admission is at 17.30PM.

Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Directions: Nearest tube is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District & Circle lines) – follow the signs to walk here through the pedestrian subway (about 5 minutes) or turn right and then first left out of the station if you prefer to walk in fresh air.
Phone: %s3 %cb 020 7942 5000
Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 10, 2008
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