It’s difficult to go to London without spending a few hours at the Natural History Museum. A paradise for children, it is THE museum to pick if you only spend a weekend in London: ultra rich, it notably hosts absolutely spectacular dinosaur skeletons.
Adjacent to the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum alone is a good reason to spend a few days in London with the kids. Absolutely exciting, it will allow you to discover animals from around the world, but also dinosaurs (with an incredibly impressive animated T-Rex), our favorite section.
It was during our last stay at the Langham in London that we wanted to spend some time in this incredible museum. However, a word of advice: avoid school periods at all costs, because the museum quickly becomes crowded and then it’s hard to see anything. Ideally, be at the opening and plan your visit by choosing only the galleries you want to see: it’s impossible to do everything in one day.
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A must do
The galleries devoted to dinosaurs seem absolutely essential to us. Before visiting, check the temporary exhibitions, which are often magnificent. We were lucky enough to discover the one on the moon which was both funny and impressive (as well as highly instagramable).
The princess loved
The princess loved the animated T-Rex as well as the large dinosaur skeletons. She also liked the huge whale skeleton in the central hall (Hintze Hall) which is particularly impressive … And, of course … the shops! We came back with a particularly adorable cuddly diplodocus.
The ups for kids
Your kids are over 8 years old
We advise you to show them the galleries dedicated to animals and to download the PDF which is here, in order to have a map of this very large museum (before going there …). You will be able choose beforehand which themes you like the most.
Your kids are less than 8 years old
It is better to take some time to see the dinosaurs than to make your kids go everywhere. The museum is huge and often crowded during school holidays and weekends… Take some time to admire the huge whale skeleton of Hintze Hall and have a snack break: the Natural History Museum has no less than 5 cafes and restaurants, including the T-Rex Grill that children love.
Admission to the Natural History Museum is free. Some temporary exhibitions can have an entrance fee.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.). Closed from December 24 to 26.
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road in London