Natural History Museum
With a National Art Pass you get
The more you see, the more we do.
The National Art Pass lets you enjoy free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, while raising money to support them.
From its world-famous dinosaurs exhibition to displays of research work and a natural art collection, the museum has plenty to inspire visitors of all ages.
A world-leading research centre and the most-visited indoor attraction in the UK, the Natural History Museum houses one of the world's most important scientific collections, comprising over 80 million specimens. The oldest item, the Wold Cottage meteorite, is thought to be around 4.6 billion years old.
The museum has drawn together its most significant and valuable objects and put them in the upper mezzanine of the central hall. The Treasures gallery comprises 22 star objects, including the skull of a Barbary lion, thought to have lived in the Tower of London around the year 1300; an archaeopteryx fossil, the most valuable fossil in the collection; Audubon's The Birds of America, the world's most expensive book; a dodo skeleton; fragments of moon rock; and a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
Don't miss the stunning architecture of the Cocoon space, which offers opportunities to gain an insight into the work done by the museum's 350 scientists, who are finding solutions to key issues facing the planet, from biodiversity loss to sustainable extraction of natural resources. The digitisation of the collection also allows scientists and researchers from all over the world access their unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data, empowering everyone to become advocates for the planet.
And no trip to the Natural History Museum would be complete without a visit to Hintze Hall, where a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of stars of the natural world, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet’s future.
Please note, to book ahead, National Art Pass tickets must be booked by calling the Natural History Museum on 0207 942 5725 and cannot currently be booked online through the Natural History Museum website. Tickets can also be bought in person at the venue.
Why you should go
World-class collection of dinosaur skeletons
Learn about science and natural history
Vast collection of fossils that tell the story of the evolution of life on Earth