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Top Tips For Families Visiting The National History Museum
You’ve probably heard of the movie; Baby’s Day Out and even watched it, but how about we tell you that instead of your kiddo having all the fun, the Natural History Museum has been designed to entertain those of all ages! Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park or you fancy taking the kids somewhere indoors while exploring London, the National History Museum is the place to go. But to make your experience more memorable, here are our top tips for families.
Visit The National History Museum Early
When planning an outing, it is essential to wake up early, not only because everyone is excited but also to make the most of it. Turning up at the National History Museum in the morning just as they are opening at 10 am can save you a lot of time and give you more time to take in the exhibitions. Plus it’ll be much less overwhelming when you can dodge the crowds than trying to keep an eye on little ones when the museum is full.
How To Get There?
Planning ahead is another must when visiting the National History Museum. The nearest station is South Kensington or Gloucester Road tube station. Both of these are at about a 5-minute walk from the museum entrance. Plus most people find the London tube network the easiest way to commute into the centre, and children tend to love the excitement of the trains too. And the majority of stations do have lifts or ramps, to make it easy to carry the prams (pushchairs). You can also store your strollers in the museum cloakrooms in Hintze Hall or by the Exhibition Road entrance for free.
Map Out Your Day
The National History Museum is vast. Literally, a gigantic place to get lost in, and you may feel it would be nice to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way back out. But alas! Not the most rational thought. But there are ways to make it easier to get around the museum. Basically, the space is split into four colour-coded areas, which means you can stick to each colour for an hour and group back together to move on. Ideal for those with older kids. Blue marks the areas where you’ll find dinosaurs, reptiles, fish and human biology. Green features Hintze Hall, where you’ll explore creepy crawlies, fossils and a blue whale skeleton. Orange is home to a wildlife garden and the Darwin Centre. And finally, the red zone is dedicated to human life on earth.
You can also head to the National History Museum website to make your trip more memorable and book an audio-guided tour of Hintze Hall, with the voice of Sir David Attenborough.
National History Museum Tickets
It’s free to visit the National History Museum which means you can enjoy your family outing without burning a hole in your pocket. Although it is recommended that you book your ticket in advance, to skip the long queues. You also have the option to donate to charity if you wish to by booking tickets in advance online.
Since it is completely free to visit, it’s best to see areas of the museum over several days, rather than try to fit it all in within one visit. This is especially important when visiting with young children who will start to get tired and hungry very quickly. So, when tempers begin to rise, it’s time to call it a day at the National History Museum and go for some lunch!