If you’re visiting London with children this summer, then you won’t want to miss out on visiting the Natural History Museum. With a host of interactive exhibitions to discover, it’s the perfect family day out, and, since it’s all housed inside a large and beautiful building, it doesn’t even matter what the weather is doing either!
The museum is free to enter and promises to keep you entertained for hours, and regardless of what you’re interested in, there’s bound to be an exhibition that will excite and delight you. Huge dinosaur fan? No problem, you’ll adore the giant dinosaur skeleton in the entrance hall, and will be astounded by the robotic T-rex. Perhaps you’re more interested in the Human Biology? Excellent, then you will love learning about neurons, memory and the brain in the human biology hall. The mammals’ exhibition is always a sure winner with younger children too, as a to scale whale is suspended from the ceiling!
The museum opens at 10am, and though there might be a queue at busy times, don’t be disheartened as it moves really quickly! Last entry is at 5.30pm as it closes at 6pm, however, if you don’t get to see everything and are staying in the city for the night, you could always return the following day. Popular hotel London Premier Kensington, is just a stone’s throw from the museum making the museum an easy destination for travelling families. There are many bus routes that sop near the museum, and the closest tube station is South Kensington- the circle, district and Piccadilly lines will all stop there.
Whilst at the museum, keep the children’s energy levels up with a slice of cake at the museum coffee shop, whilst you can enjoy a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee, or for something a little more substantial, why not pop along to the museum restaurant where lots of kids’ favourite dishes are served up daily. If it’s just a quick snack that you’re after though, you could pop outside to the courtyard where burgers and hotdogs are readily available from the food vendors. The courtyard is also where any picnics brought along can be consumed too, and rather than have to sit on damp grass, the museum doesn’t mind visitors who have brought along their own snacks utilising the many tables and chairs that are laid out. Just remember to bin your rubbish before heading back inside!
If a day at the Natural History museum was a hit with the children and grown-ups alike of your party, then don’t forget to check out some of London’s other museums too, such as the Victoria and Albert museum for a lesson in British heritage, or discovering space at the Science museum. It’s a relatively cheap family day out that will not only enthral your children but will also teach them new things too- what could be better?