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Natural History Museum

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Address: Cromwell Road | South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, England
Phone Number: 020-7938-9123
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10:00 am - 5:50 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:50 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Ice skating, Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Description: A center of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and...
A center of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through such exciting exhibits as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections.
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Oh Look, A Dinosaur

There're about 1001+ neat things to see and learn here, so if you have any interest whatsoever in science, nature, history, or mind-blowing, do your best to stop through. It's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

There're about 1001+ neat things to see and learn here, so if you have any interest whatsoever in science, nature, history, or mind-blowing, do your best to stop through. It's a large museum, and you'll probably need to grab a map to make sure you don't get turned around in the midst of it's massive crowds--AND THERE WILL BE CROWDS.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Tons of wonderful exhibits. Very crowded so be prepared. We went early in the morning and there was a small line to get in --later when we left line was very long so try to get there early.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Have been to the natural history museum on many occasions; it's a fascinating place. Be prepared to spend many hours as a couple just won't cut it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I walked in and were pushed semi-aggressively for donations. We gave 5 pounds. The lines for some features were extremely long (over an hour) so we decided to look at other exhibits. We were quite disappointed to find that almost half of the kiosks were not functioning, most of the displays were poorly maintained and all of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I came here with my partner. We both loved the museum, the cafe was a nice rest too. We couldn't do it all, in an afternoon, there was a lot to see, in a stunning building ! A must-do!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

this huge museum is free to visit, you can learn so many things about evolution, animal behaviour, ecology etc... it's really educative for children. if you take your time you can spend one entire day inside this museum ! Usually I don't like naturalised animals but here it's ok, except for the big cats...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Liked all of it - but did the Darwin tour which was amazing - and free too. Was very busy but to be expected at half term. The dinosaur exhibition is also very busy and there was a long wait for that. The Cocoon is really good, lots of things preserved in jars - which our teenager loved.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Unexpected and incredibly informative site. Fabulous architecture and amazing building. Great visit and saw photographic exhibition. Kids everywhere but what can you expect for mid term break. Great locations and easy to get to. Lots of food available in vicinity

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Portsmouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Great time in the Musuem looking at all the exhibits and history of animals. It's a bit OTT on the food courts but over all it's a fun afternoon out.

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Bucharest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The best part about this museum is that you have a lot of interactive exhibits (walk-through, do it yourself and so on). Entrance is free, but you will have to buy tickets for the temporary exhibitions. Allow about half a day for a complete tour of all areas and levels.

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With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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