Nestled in the heart of South Kensington is one of the most famous tourist hotspots in the world – the Natural History Museum. Here, visitors can travel through 4.6 billion years of our planet’s history and discover some of the world’s most incredible artefacts. From prehistoric plants and dinosaur fossils to gold nuggets, Stonehenge rock and kryptonite, there’s something for everyone. But what’s happening at the museum during the festive period? Let’s find out.
1.Women in Science Tour: Winter Wonders
If you’re looking for free activities to enjoy at the museum this holiday season, don’t miss the Women in Science Tour: Winter Wonders, which has been given a seasonal spin. On 12th ,19th, 30th and 31st December, hear how female scientists past and present – including those who have worked at the museum – have shaped our understanding of the natural world. Encounter numerous treasures including an out-of-this-world Christmas meteorite; discover wintery Ice Age animals; and learn the natural cause of Rudoph’s red nose.
2. Storytelling with Santa
The Natural History Museum is great for all ages, so why not bring your little ones to meet Santa in his wintery wonderland and join the man in red for a special Christmas story time? Storytelling with Santa will take place from Monday 11th to Saturday 23rd December at various times throughout the day and you can even have your picture taken with Santa afterwards. Every child’s ticket also includes a special gift from Santa. SEN sessions are available.
3. Christmas at the Museum
Christmas at the Museum will take place on Friday 22nd December 2023 from 18:45 -21:30 and welcomes guests to enjoy an evening of festive fun in the museum galleries. From seasonal science stations to wintery workshops, the museum has a wide range of after hours fun to enjoy with a festive twist. There will even be prizes for the best festive outfit, so don’t forget to don your best Christmassy attire. See some stunning snowy scenes at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and take the last opportunity to visit the Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur exhibition before it closes in the New Year.
Mince pies and mulled wine will be available, so get in the Christmas mood with friends and relatives and meet other like-minded people. The Natural History Museum shop also sells a host of festive gifts, from Christmas jumpers to eco-friendly tree decorations for you to browse at your leisure.
4. New Year’s Eve: The Four Elements
The Natural History Museum’s New Year’s Eve party will welcome 2024 in style. Based around the four elements – water, earth, wind and fire – party-goers are encouraged to get their best fancy dress ready. Activities will include a silent disco, live music and the chance to explore the galleries after dark.
When visiting the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, don’t miss our Gloucester Road Indian Restaurant, Little India. Here you can enjoy an India house authentic cuisine menu, with dishes prepared using fresh aromatic ingredients. Our Indian in Gloucester Road is just a stone’s throw from the museum and provides the perfect end to a day full of festive activities.
Let’s find out what’s happening at the museum during the festive period. From prehistoric plants and dinosaur fossils to gold nuggets, Stonehenge rock and kryptonite, there’s something for everyone.