Grab your binoculars, put on your backpack and take a mini-adventure around the Museum. Filled with pens, paper, games and activities, these bright red backpacks are a fun way to explore the Museum’s galleries. Choose from themes including birds, mammals, oceans, primates and monsters. Suitable for under sevens.
Opening times: every day, 10.00–17.00
Admission: free, £25 refundable deposit required, please collect from the Central Hall information desk
Dippy floor puzzle
Enjoy the wonder of our 26-metre-long Diplodocus – affectionately named Dippy – with a soft toy floor puzzle. It’s free and is available in the Central Hall underneath the Diplodocus dinosaur. Suitable for children aged seven and under. Complete the puzzle and get a funky Dippy sticker.
Dates and times: every day (not available on busy days); 12.00–17.00 (times may vary)
Admission: free, please visit the Central Hall information desk
Grab a funky fabric-based dinosaur book and follow a trail through the Museum, finding out what dinosaurs ate, how sharp their teeth were, what dinosaur footprints are like and lots more. Suitable for families with children under five.
Dates and times: every day (not available on busy days); 10.00–17.00 (times may vary)
Admission: Free, refundable deposit required to borrow the book. Please visit the Central Hall information desk.
Take the Jurassic Ark trail, gathering clues and discovering the animals that lurked in the shadow of the dinosaurs. This fun-filled family activity pack includes code-breaking activities, a crossword, word search, stickers, free poster, eraser and pencil. When you’ve finished, you can claim a 10 per cent discount in the Museum Shop.
Dates and times: every day, 10.00–17.00
Admission: £1.50, available from the Museum Shop
Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Bring your own questions, or use some of ours in this hands-on science space. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence for your exploration of scientific ideas. The Investigate Centre encourages you to look closely at real objects using the many tools provided to find out more and become a scientist for the day.
Dates and times: weekends and school holidays, 11.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30)
Monday–Friday in term time, 14.30–17.00 (last entry 16.30)
Explore – Darwin Centre
Go behind the scenes to see the Museum’s zoology collection and to glimpse some of the work that takes place there. Tours last about 45 minutes, are subject to availability and places are limited, so please book at an information desk when you arrive. If you have mobility requirements, please tell us when you book and we will provide you with information on access. Children must be accompanied by an adult and tours are not suitable for under eights. Please note, bags are not allowed on the tour and there is a short walk to reach the Darwin Centre.
Dates and times: every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 15.00 and 16.15, Wednesdays at 16.15 only
Admission: free, please book at an information desk when you arrive
Every Saturday and Sunday
Hands-On Nature Evolution
Visit the trolley in Lasting Impressions and take a closer look at some interesting specimens with the help of science educators.
Look out for our friendly volunteers roving the galleries. They encourage visitors of all ages to discover more about the natural world, using Museum specimens from mammal skulls to fossils.
Dates and times: Saturday–Sunday, 11.15–15.00
Nature Live events
From dinosaurs and deep-sea fish to evolution and climate change, this topical programme of events brings together scientists and visitors to explore, discover and discuss the natural world and our place within it. Events are held in the Marine Invertebrates gallery and the studio seats 60 people. For more details and a current programme, please see the website.
Dates and times: weekends and school holidays, 12.30 and 14.30
For more information:
Visit our Attractions page on the Natural History Museum