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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London is a natural history museum with a collection from different periods of natural history. Together with the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in France and the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, it is one of the museums with the largest natural history collections in the world.

It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington; the others are the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. However, the front of the building is on Cromwell Road.

Around 80 million examples from the life sciences and earth sciences can be found in the museum, subdivided into five main collections: botanics, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. Thanks to the institute’s long existence, many of the collections have great historical and scientific value; the specimens collected by Charles Darwin are an example of this. The museum is best known for its exhibitions of dinosaur frames and its richly decorated architecture: some call it a cathedral full of nature. A good example of this is the skeleton of a blue whale on the ceiling in the vaulted central hall.

Like most museums in London, this museum is also free of charge.

Opening Hours

Daily: 10 am – 5.50 pm

Last admission: 5.30 pm

Closed on 24-26 December

How to get there

South Kensington, Gloucester Road
Royal Albert Hall: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 en C1
Natural History Museum, Gloucester Road
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