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“Lovely day for the kids”

Natural History Museum
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Ranked #12 of 1,591 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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“Lovely day for the kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

On July 17 I took my niece, her husband and 2 small boys (4 and 5) to the Natural History Museum. We all had a lovely day. The 'Explorer Kits' for the kids were fantastic, although we did not get the hats In each backpack there were pencils, binoculars paper, clipboard, and 3 'specimen jars' with clues to the creature they had to find. This was great fun for them.Although it was busy, you could see each exhibit. It was hot though and I was very disappointed that in the restaurant there was no air con!? I strongly suggest a rest with small children after each section so they can regain their energy for the next adventure. All round a lovely experience. Would recommend.

Visited July 2013
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“How big is a blue whale?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

For around a couple of years I have been plagued by this question from an inquisitive son and have never truly pulled off the ultimate answer, until this visit. The best 'free' day out in London, and you need more than a day to do it all if you are a budding Attenborough or Darwin. Get there early to make the most of your day. It is a fabulous museum, enthralling, educational and inspiring. The interactive cards for downloading additional material as you go around the museum were in demand with the kids, both young and erm not so young, and provide a lasting free momento. The onsite catering was decent too and reasonably priced for London. As to the ultimate answer to the question? My son saw the model in the whale exhibit and with a look of wide eyed amazement exclaimed 'It's BIG!'. Sorted :-)

Visited July 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Makes me proud to be british when i visit this museum its free to enter and keeps you and children entertained for hours the food court is expensive but you can take a packed lunch in. My two 8yr olds loved the dinosaur section do this first especially if you've arrived early just as museum is opening as it gets very busy and you will have to que we went at 9.30am to get in early then went straight to dinosaur section it meant we could walk around at leisure.

Visited July 2013
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Ripley, United Kingdom
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“I love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

i have visited this museum on several occasions, it has got to be one of the best attractions in London and its FREE!, i love this place and can spend hours once inside, i have never had to que to get in yet i have always walked straight in but have heard it can be busy during holidays which is to be expected but if you get the timings right its not to bad and you can get to see all the items on display. i recently visited with my disabled little brother we rang ahead and managed to get onsite disabled parking which was fantastic, once inside i saw his face light up like never before he was so interested in everything on display, the staff are fantastic and helped us out during the day when we got abit stuck making it that extra bit enjoyable as we didn't have to worry about getting around. This has truly got to be one of the best places to take a family as it is fascinating once inside, i only went last week and i cant wait to go back and visit again soon and if you do visit remember to give a donation to support this wonderful place and the work they do.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent outing on a rainy day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

This was my 3rd visit and we chose a rainy day for our visit as we could not have done anything outdoors. It was worth an experience for my 4 year old daughter who went for the first time. She was absolutely thrilled to see the dinosaur skeleton and went throught the entire Gallery showcasing different kinds of creatures. She was thrilled to see the T Rex and still rememebrs the funny facts about T Rex. Such places are so great for young kids and stimulate their young minds. They grasp so well that one cannot imagine.
The museum is home to thousands of plants, animals, fossils and minerals. Earth galleries and Darwin centre are a treat for all ages. The Earth Quake experience was great fun too.
Choose a cold, rainy day to enjoy one of the best indoor attaractions I have ever been to... and that too Free!!!
Avoid school holidays, weekends... big school groups can be irritating at times. Infact they were as there were several groups... more than I could count.

Visited February 2013
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