Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
London - SW7 5BD

Type: Natural History Museums
020 7942 5000
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The Natural History Museum, established back in 1881, boasts of a large collection dedicated to natural history. The museum has around 80 million items on display and categorized into five main collections: entomology, botany, zoology, paleontology and mineralogy. Located in London, the Natural History Museum receives around 5.2 million visitors each year, making it the 3rd most visited museum in the country.

The museum was originally called the British Museum (Natural History) until 1992 even though it had legally separated itself from the British Museum back in 1963. It had long been in competition in terms of space with the Geological Museum of the British Geological Survey until it finally absorbed it in 1986. Another feature of the Natural History Museum is the Darwin Centre, which became home to millions of specimens preserved in alcohol thus gaining the name the ‘spirit collections’. The centre opened to the public in 2002 and its most famous creature is a giant squid named Archie.

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Opening Hours Everyday: 10:00 am - 5:50 pm
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Entry Fees Admission is free
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