London’s most famous roaring t-rex is back in action again after the Natural History Museum reopened on May 17. With several exciting new events and exhibitions planned for the next months, we’ve taken a look at what the NHM has on offer during spring/summer 2021.
While the Natural History Museum can be a stressful experience during peak times and school holidays, you’ll be able to avoid the crowds this time because of the limited tickets available. This also means that you’ll need to plan further in advance as the tickets get sold out really quickly.
Checklist before going to the museum
Are you ready for your trip to the Natural History Museum? Here’s some important info to check before you visit.
- Plan the quickest and safest route by going on TFL’s website. Please note that Piccadilly line trains will not stop at South Kensington Tube station until spring 2022. South Kensington and High Street Kensington station will be closed on 29-31 May and 5-6 June. Please plan an alternative route to avoid disruption to your journey.
- Reread our safety advice. You can find out more below.
- Government guidance around indoor visits (the rule of six) applies at the Museum.
- In line with updated government advice, all visitors over the age of 16 will be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details on arrival at the Museum. Smartphone users can download the NHS COVID-19 app before arriving at the Museum.
- Please arrive at your selected time with your tickets ready for inspection. Our Visitor Assistants may check your tickets at several points as you queue and enter the Museum.
- Our cloakroom will be accepting large suitcases and rucksacks only. At present we are unable to store coats, small bags or pushchairs.
Natural History Museum Events Spring/Summer 2021
Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It
New free display opening 21 May 2021, Free
Explore how humanity has affected the planet and how scientists are finding solutions from nature for nature at the Natural History Museum’s brand-new free display – a part of its year-long programme of activity, Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It.
This Spring, explore the extraordinary impact humans have had on the planet through what we grow and eat, from bees threatened by the loss of wildflower meadows to birds of prey poisoned by pesticides. Opening throughout the year in three stages, the free display will highlight some fantastic species and how our actions are affecting them. From a humongous 3m long black marlin skeleton to the wild and now-extinct ancestor of cows; visitors will get up close and personal to a variety of creatures from the Museum’s world-leading collection.
An exploration of the power of humans and the resilience of nature, Our Broken Planet will ask visitors to reflect on their personal consumption and question how our actions have led to these drastic examples. From surprisingly thriving jellyfish to the world’s largest butterfly, Museum scientists continue to research these fascinating species and their habitats to build our understanding of the natural world, and what we can do to protect it.
Dates and times: Monday-Sunday, 10.00-18.00, from 21 May 2021
Admission: Free, all visitors must book a free timed ticket to the Museum in advance
Location: Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Until January 2022
Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the fictional Magizoologist Newt Scamander and the hundreds of scientists at the Museum as they venture into the wild to discover more about some of the most awe-inspiring creatures ever known.
Exploring the links between animals of the natural world, mythical creatures and their fictional counterparts from the Wizarding World, the exhibition showcases 120 exhibits including the Dracorex Hogwartsia dinosaur – so named to celebrate Hogwarts, along with Nifflers and Bowtruckles – film fan favourites, a hoax mermaid and what was once believed to be a unicorn horn – all alongside elements from the Wizarding World. Discover the real animals that are as extraordinary as any mythical creature, and like Newt, see the need to protect them for generations to come.
‘Fantastic Beasts is much more than a celebration of JK Rowling’s film series… As well as being family fun, the show delightfully reveals some of the oddest things in this museum’s vast collections.’ Jonathan Jones, Guardian 4*
‘The whole thing fizzes with warmth, empathy, and a generous splash of magic.’ Evening Standard 4*
Dates and times: Until January 2022
Admission: Adult £22, child £13.25, Free for Members, Patrons and children under four
6 July – 17 August
Join us at the Museum with your baby for a sensory storytelling class brought to you by award-winning Adventure Babies. Take part in a host of activities designed specifically to engage babies and encourage their development.
You and baby will enjoy: sensory props, a magical story about the natural world, a sing-along session, messy play without the clean-up
Take this opportunity to socialise as you and the little ones play. The class is suitable for all children under the age of 18 months.
Dates and times: 6 July, 20 July, 3 August, 17 August
10.30-11.15, 11.45-12.30, 13.00-13.45, 14.15-15.00
Admission: £20 for adult-child duo
Locked in Time
25 May 2021, 12.30, Free
What would it be like to see prehistoric animals as they lived and breathed?
Fossils are not just inanimate objects. They can record the life stories of creatures as fully alive as any today, from mammoths fighting to their deaths to elephant-sized burrowing ground sloths. An incredible new book, Locked in Time, written by Palaeontologist Dr Dean Lomax and illustrated by Palaeoartist Bob Nicholls showcases fifty astonishing fossils that give us a glimpse at the real-life behaviours of prehistoric animals. Join author Dean and artist Bob as they chat with Alison Shean about bringing these breath-taking moments to life.