Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum (NHM)

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is home to life and earth science  specimens comprising some 70 million items within 5 main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin.

The Natural History Museum (NHM) Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments.

NHM is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

The Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 5BD

Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7942 5000 (9.00-17.50 daily)

Open Hours: Daily 10.00-17.50; Last entry: 17.30; Closed 24-26 December

Email: enquiries form.


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Admission free


By Tube

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines.

The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum.

By bus

Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum.

By bicycle

There are cycle racks by the Cromwell Road entrance and on Exhibition Road.

The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are outside our Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

By coach

For groups travelling by coach, the drop-off point is outside the Cromwell Road entrance.

By car

We do not have parking facilities on-site and parking around the Museum is limited. 

Disabled parking

  • Call: +44 (0)20 7942 5000
  • 12 Blue Badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road
  • Park four hours between 8.30 – 18.30

Ticket and product enquiries

Gifts, books and other retail products: +44 (0)20 7942 5494

Tickets and group bookings: +44 (0)20 7942 5725

Lost property

If you lose something at the Museum please email us with your name, contact details, a description of the item and the date of your visit. We keep lost items for 28 days.

Commercial enquiries

Venue hire: +44 (0)20 7942 5434

Filming: +44 (0)20 7942 5273

Publishing: +44 (0)20 7942 5071

Licensing (retail): +44 (0)20 7942 5652

Picture library and photography: +44 (0)20 7942 6547 

Membership: +44 (0)20 7942 5000

Volunteering and work experience: +44 (0)20 7942 6048

Press office: +44 (0)20 7942 5654

Library and Archives enquiries

Library and Archives: +44 (0)20 7942 5460

School bookings and enquiries

Book a school visit: +44 (0)20 7942 5555

Lines are open: Monday-Friday – 8.30-16.00 (term time) and 10.00-13.00 (school holidays).

Colour & vision Exhibition

Weekdays: +44 (0)20 7942 5654

Evenings and weekends: +44 (0)7799 690 151


Corporate enquiries

Museum governance


  • Access free Wheelchairs from cloakroom.
  • Lifts.
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities.
  • Blue Badge holders for Parking.
  • Cloakrooms to leave coats and luggage.
  • welcome guide dogs at the Museum



Museum Members and children aged three and under can leave items for free, including folded pushchairs.

Prices per item:

Umbrellas: £1
Coats: £2
Bags weighing up to 4kg: £2.50
Bags weighing more than 4kg: £5

The Restaurant

  • Enjoy burgers, pizzas, pasta and puddings.
  • Special kids’ menu and microwaves to warm baby food.
  • In the Green Zone. Open 11.00-15.30 weekdays and 11.00-16.00 weekends and school holidays.

The Kitchen

  • Sandwiches, wraps and seasonal salads, or try our cakes, pastries and muffins.
  • Special lunch and activity packs for kids.
  • In the Red Zone. Open 10.00-17.00.

The Coffee House

  • Enjoy delicious artisan coffees and indulge in freshly baked pastries and cakes.
  • In the Red Zone, next to the Lasting Impressions gallery. Open 10.00-17.00.

Central Café

  • Sandwiches and salads, or tuck into crisps, cakes, pastries and fruit.
  • In the Blue Zone. Open 10.00-17.30. High chairs are available for babies and toddlers.

Darwin Centre Café

  • In this light and airy café, a range of sandwiches and salads, or indulge in our crisps, cakes, pastries, muffins and sweet snacks.
  • In the Orange Zone. Open 10.00-17.00.

Museum Shop

  • A great range of nature-inspired gifts for all ages.
  • From puzzles and toys to art prints and homeware, it is a must for all visitors.
  • Near Hintze Hall and the Cromwell Road entrance.

The Cranbourne Boutique

  • Elegant fashion ranges, replicas of star specimens, luxury decorations and more – buy exclusive pieces at The Cranbourne Boutique.
  • In the Red Zone, between Human Evolution and the Lasting Impressions gallery.

Dino Store

  • Models, soft toys, games, puzzles, mugs, T-shirts and onesies
  • Dedicated to dinosaurs and perfect for lovers of all things prehistoric.


Freedom of information (FOI)

FOI Coordinator

Library and Information Services

The Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 5BD




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