Why is the Natural History Museum in London a Must

The National History Museum in London is located in the Exhibition Road in South Kensington. It contains an incredible variety of specimens (about 80 million) including animals, minerals, insects and a paleontology collection, which includes one of the most famous dinosaur exhibitions.


Museum Zones

The museum is divided into four zones. The green zone contains mineral, fossil, reptile, bird and insect specimens. Besides that, you can visit the Vault, a gallery of breathtaking emeralds, diamonds, amethysts, and other gems.


The blue zone is about life diversity, including mammals, fish, reptiles, dinosaurs and the Human Biology section. This zone is definitely one you will find yourself spend a lot of time there. The Human Biology section lets everyone know about DNA, cells, memory testing and the nervous system through very fun and educational games around the section. The Dinosaur part is truly interesting. You can see a ‘live’ T-Rex dinosaur and hear it roar and move.


In the orange zone, you will find the Darwin Center, which presents butterflies, beetles, high plants, tarantulas and herbs, and the Wildlife Garden, which is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 and is basically a garden with over 3130 species. A memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is located in the Darwin courtyard.

The red zone is all about Earth, from human evolution to volcanoes and earthquakes. You can see everything from the beginning of Earth’s creation, such as extinct species, sea creatures and evidence found on flying reptiles and dinosaur-birds. Make sure to get in the earthquake simulator and experience the Kobe earthquake in Japan.


Is it worth visiting?

Yes, the National History Museum is an excellent choice if you have the time to visit. It is extremely interesting and beautiful with fun educational games in all zones. It will always be crowded, but it is free to enter unless you want to make a donation of 2 pounds.


Other Info

Location: The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

Hours: Open daily 10.00-17.50

Entrance Fee: Admission is free. There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions.


10 Museums to visit in London for FREE

1. British Museum


The British Museum is one of the largest and most famous museums in Europe. You will find artworks on human history, art and culture originating from all over the world. Some of the departments are of Ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, and Rome.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Fridays open until 20:30

Location: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

2. Natural History Museum


A true gem of London, where you may find yourself spending hours in there, without even realizing it. With more than 80 million items on zoology, paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy the Natural History Museum has become a MUST. What makes educational, entertaining and interesting is the fact that there is a lot of interaction for the visitors.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD

3. National Gallery


With a collection of more than 2,300 paintings, the National Gallery stands in the middle of Trafalgar Square. Some of the paintings displayed are by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, El Greco, Claude Monet, and Michelangelo, making it one of the most visited art museums in the world.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Friday open until 21:00

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


4. Science Museum


With a collection of more than 300,000 items, the Science museum is an extremely interesting and fun museum. The galleries are of the modern world, flights (including the very first jet engine), robots, space, and others, with most of them being interactive.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

5. Museum of London


It’s all about London. By visiting this museum, you can fully explore the history of London from prehistoric times until now. Learn everything about the Great Fire and the years before and after. Explore the times of Medieval and Roman London, as well as the revolutions in technology, fashion and culture, and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

6. V&A Museum


With 4.5 million objects, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. The collections display costumes, textiles, photographs, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc from Europe, Asia, North America, and North Africa.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:45

Friday until 22:00

Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

7. National Maritime Museum

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For those who love navigation, ships and sea history, the National Maritime Museum is a great choice for an afternoon in London. The museum includes paintings, ship models and flags. When there, be sure to visit the Caird Library, the world’s largest maritime library, with over 8000 rare books, 20.000 periodicals, 100.000 books etc.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Location: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF


8. Tate Modern


The country’s national modern art museum is ideal for those that want to explore the British culture from an artistic point of view.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

9. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology


Being a part of UCL, the Petrie Museum has 80.000 artifacts of Egyptian Archaeology. The collection is fascinating with many unique items, such as the oldest dress, the only veterinary papyrus, and the largest architectural drawing.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 13:00 – 17:00

Closed 17 Apr – 22 Apr 2019

Location: Malet Pl, Camden Town, London WC1E 6BT

10. Design Museum


The museum was founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran and it is located in Kensington. In 2018 the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award. Even though the entrance is free of charge, there is a small fee for the temporary exhibitions for those who wish to see them. 

The museum´s exhibitions deal with contemporary designs in fashion, architecture, transport, product, and graphic design.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Kensington High Street; London, W8; England