See the What’s On section of the website to find out about the excellent program of events and activities, many of them aimed at families, including workshops and storytelling sessions.
Download the Museum app - an free online guide to the museum to help you make your way around.
Not sure what see see first, why not follow one of the Museum trails, colour-coded into themes so you can make your way around in sections - a great way to explore everything in the Museum with kids and allows you to take breaks between each coloured trail for essential refreshment, and toilet, breaks and not miss any part of the museum. For example, the Blue Trail follows the almighty species around the museum and the Orange Trail will take you to the Museum scientists and laboratories.
Don’t miss the Darwin Centre where kids 8 and up can marvel at displays of science in action by world experts engaged in cutting-edge research. Some of the 22 million preserved specimens stored within this futuristic cocoon were collected by none other than Charles Darwin himself.
With 7–14-year-olds, head for the Investigate Centre, a hands-on lab with microscopes that they can use to get up close and personal with specimens of various kinds.
With older kids, experience the Earthquake room, with younger ones the Dinosaur Gallery is usually a big hit, although the animatronic T. rex might be a little scary for very young children. Try to leave these very popular attractions for later in the day – in the hour before closing the crowds (horrendous in the school holidays) begin to dissipate.
In the warmer months, seek out the little Wildlife Garden with its bees, dragonflies, ducks and more – an oasis of calm in the heart of London.
Book kids eight and up in for one of the popular monthly Dino Snores Sleepovers including a torchlit tour of the Dinosaur Gallery, a live bug show, reptile handling, and sleeping in the shadow of the museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton. Find out more on their website.
Visit the Dino Store, for a great choice of dinosaur related toys, games and books at pocket-money prices and up.