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The natural history museum


Known as a “cathedral to nature”, the Natural History Museum in London is home to over 80 million objects, spread across 5 main categories:

  • Entomology (insects)
  • Botany (plants)
  • Mineralogy (minerals)
  • Palaeontology (fossils)
  • Zoology (animals).
This iconic building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and is adorned with terracotta reliefs and is just 30 minutes from the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel. Explore hundreds of animals, plants, minerals and dinosaurs in all the 36 galleries.
Exploring London’s iconic nature museum
For the ideal visit, pick up a map when you enter the museum and plan your own exploration of the 4 colour-coded zones.
Experience everything from riding an escalator through the centre of the earth, to animatronic dinosaurs, including a T-rex guarding its babies, and an earthquake simulator. You can also marvel at the magnificent Blue Whale skeleton, and the most intact Stegosaurus fossil skeleton ever found.
Natural History Museum Highlights
There are many ways to explore the Natural History Museum, including getting hands-on. For an extra charge, the “Behind the Scenes” is a guided and exclusive tour through the maze of back-of-house corridors and specimens in storage.
The Investigate gallery
Ideal or children, The Investigate Gallery lets you use a microscope to examine hundreds of specimens. Head down to the basement for a world of exploration. Only open in the afternoon on weekdays and from 11:00 on weekends.
The Darwin Centre
As the newest addition to the Natural History Museum, the impressive Darwin Centre allows for an immersive experience. Shaped like an insect cocoon, the Darwin Centre houses all the insects and botanical collections, as well as Archie, the famous, giant squid collected in 2004.
Orange Zone
Outside the Cromwell Road entrance, you’ll find the tranquil Wildlife Garden of flora and fauna from the British Isles, where you can enjoy a peaceful retreat. This wonderful refuge is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00, between 1 April to early November.
Plan your visit from the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel
  • Entrance is free (Charges apply for special exhibitions)
  • Open daily 10:00 – 17:50 (Last admission is 17:30)
  • Open late on the last Friday of each month
  • Busiest during school holidays and weekends
  • The museum is busy during school holidays and weekends, but it’s so big, you should be able to see everything without being too crowded. The dinosaur exhibitions are extremely popular so don’t be surprised to queue.
  • No parking
  • The museum has 2 entrances – Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road.
  • The one on Exhibition Road tends to be quieter.
  • Take the Jubilee Line from Bond Street Underground Station to Green Park. Change here for the Piccadilly Line to South Kensington. Walk through subway to museum entrance next to the Science Museum