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The Natural History Museum Is Welcoming Visitors Once Again, And Here’s What’s On Offer

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Natural History Museum visitor guide

There’s so much to discover at the Natural History Museum this summer.

It’s been way too long since we snuck in a visit to London’s favourite museum, and I’m willing to bet it’s the same for you too. Luckily, the Natural History Museum reopened to the public back in May, and with all the treasures of the natural world on display – plus a pair of incredible exhibitions to enjoy – there’s never been a better time to pop along for a visit!

Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It, free display at the Natural History Museum. Photo © The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London

As always, the Natural History Museum remains free to enjoy, opening up a world of natural wonders without charging admission (though donations are of course welcome!). You’ll need to book a free, timed ticket in advance, and since the weekends can often sell out quickly, a midweek visit could be the perfect time to pay a visit, allowing you to stroll amongst the dinosaurs, wildlife, and more at your own leisure. The museum is home to 80 million objects, although only a portion of them are ever on display at once, meaning you can easily while away several happy hours on a visit here.

Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It, free display at the Natural History Museum. Photo © The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London

Where else in town could you walk amongst the dinosaurs, discover ancient geodes, or ascend up London’s most dramatic escalator? The Natural History Museum has all this and more, and with the crowds much quieter during the week (at least before the summer holidays begin), you’ll be able to see it all in peace. Oh, and since the museum will be much quieter, you’ll be able to dwell on the exhibits, and come away newly-equipped with knowledge about our incredible world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, at the Natural History Museum. Photo © The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London

In addition, the Natural History Museum is currently hosting two wonderful exhibitions that’ll complement your visit nicely. Until January 3, 2022, you can discover how the natural world and the Wizarding World intersect, at Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature. The world of Harry Potter and Newt Scamander is filled with magical creatures, but their ability to adapt, blend in, and dazzle us is inspired by the amazing traits of real-life flora and fauna, and this fascinating exhibition will show you their seemingly-magical abilities! Tickets are available here.

Natural History Museum visitor guide
Photo © The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London; photograph pictured: Sugar Suckers © Bernhard Schubert

You’ll also find the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, until August 1. The exhibition invites the world’s most talented (and often, the most patient) wildlife photographers to submit their snaps of the natural world. You’ll discover the breathtaking diversity of the natural world, and marvel at photographs that capture unforgettable moments from the animal and plant kingdoms. It’s truly unmissable stuff, and you can find tickets here

There’s a reason the Natural History Museum is one of London’s most-visited museums, so isn’t it high time you paid a visit?

Find out more and book your free timed ticket on the Natural History Museum website.

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