One of my favourite things to do with kids in London is to take a tour of the Natural History Museum. As a child, it was my favourite museum and even now as an adult there is always something new that I discover and learn. Introducing the kids to museums both cultural and natural has become one of our family goals as we travel. As we explore and visit we’re sharing with your our reviews of the places as well as our tips and information about the museums and destinations. So here we go our family guide to visiting the Natural History Museum London with kids.
Gone are the days when museums were filled with cases upon cases of stuffed animals and artefacts now it’s a hands-on, interactive, media-rich environment perfect for today’s kids and adults.
The Natural History Museum has evolved and it’s one location that we will be returning to time and time again.
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What’s to see at the Natural History Museum
The museum is full of exhibits that the kids will love!
Our highlights and ones that we recommend visiting for your first time with kids are:
- Dinosaurs – the route has changed recently but this is an amazing exhibit and the T-Rex can’t be missed
- Creepy Crawlies – for everything bugs this is the place to go. It’s hands-on and full of interesting and amazing facts.
- The Human Body – my Kids loved this learning about themselves. Throughout there are different activities that they and you can participate in
- The Earthquakes and Volcano Zone – after learning about rocks and the earth both my kids have loved visiting this area of the museum
How Much Does the Natural History Museum Cost for a Family
Natural History Museum is FREE to enter – once in some exhibits may charge but the majority of the areas are free.
There is a sign that asks for a donation of £5 which I was very happy to give as they are a charity and this supports the work that they do around the world.
How do you get to the Natural History Museum in London
The nearest tube station is South Kensington – exiting the tube there is an underground walkway that will take you to many of the museums in the area with the Natural History Museum being the 2nd exit.
What Facilities are there for Families at the London Natural History Museum
When the kids were young and we first visited we knew that we had fussy eaters so for us it was a blessing that in the basement of the museum there is a fantastic picnic room.
We took our own food and ate it in comfort down there buying a coffee from the small cafe.
As the kids got older we visited the T-Rex Grill in the museum for lunch so that we could keep exploring longer and longer.
T-Rex Grill in Natural History Museum Kennsington
Last time we visited we had lunch at the T-Rex Grill within the museum. It’s a similar price to what we would expect to pay in London for a burger or pizza. This was a pleasant surprise as we from visiting theme parks we are used to the price increase.
The resturant served a mix of grilled burgers, pizza, steaks etc… as well as delicious desserts that the kids enjoyed. There was a kids section of the menu and with table service instead of a cafateria it was also an opportunity to take the weight of our feet.
Places to Stay Around The Natural History Museum London
There are lots of hotels in the vicinity of the museums in South Kensington. We loved staying at The Royal Garden Hotel Kensington in 2019.
It was within walking distance through the parks and right by Kensington Palace. The kids found it welcoming and inviting and it was a great way to relax overnight and make the most of a London visit with the kids.
Family Review of the Natural History Museum in London
I’m handing it over to the kids to explain why they think it’s the best museum in London to visit and their first choice.
One of the best things about the museum is the different statues of animals. Like the blue whale in the mammal area as well as the skeleton in the great hall.
T aged 7
We’ve always loved exploring the museum, last time we visited we explored some of the older exhibts like the mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Although less interative than some of the newer exhibits they are great to look at the evolution and grouping of animals as well as discover some interesting facts about the different species on display.
I like the geology area on the second floor where you can see how erosion happens and how the earth evolved over time.
J aged 9
The Geology area is fascinating. With Rocks and Fossils being one of the topics that they learn about in Science in school it’s great for them to see in more detail the different processes that happen as well as learn a little more about earth science.
Visiting the Natural History Museum with Babies and Toddlers
Our kids were preschoolers before we visited the Natural History Museum as London is a far distance away from where we live.
However, Cathy over at Mummy Travels has visited with her little one a number of times and wrote a brilliant guide to Tips for Visiting the Natural History Museum with Toddlers.
We found out that you can store your buggy or stroller as well in the cloakroom which makes it much easier to navigate when you have a walking toddler and then retrieve later when they start to tire.
Visiting the Natural History Museum with Preschoolers & SchoOl Kids
We first visited the museum in 2015 with a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old and there was so much to do and see.
We entered by the great hall at that time and saw the large skeleton in the hall. A highlight for them was also seeing the clock from Andy’s Wild Adventures a favourite CBeebies show of theirs.
Of our top exhibits, I mentioned above the Dinosaurs was the one that captured both of their imaginations the most. Although they both also loved the Creepy Crawlies.
Now my kids are older and school-aged we like to visit areas that they request. Last time it was the Earth Science and Geography/Geology areas.
They had both been learning about these in school and wanted to continue to explore the subjects here.
After your Natural History Museum London visit with the kids why not continue their interest and do some