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As we are nearing the end of the school summer holidays in the UK, this is an additional post this week for those looking for something to do as a family over the next couple of weeks.
The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington and has an enormous permanent collection of interesting and fun objects, with interactive activities, cafes and shops. This year has also seen a very popular exhibition at the museum - Age of the Dinosaurs.
This exhibition is due to close on the 4th September 2011 and so now is the perfect time to go and visit the museum to enjoy this and the permanent collection before the new school term starts. Although the museum does have a permanent collection on dinosaurs including, fossils, models and animatronics, this special exhibition takes you on a journey through the time of the dinosaurs and includes lots of interactive fun for the whole family. It also has animatronic dinosaurs and objects to see, touch and hear, all 'fangtastic' fun!
The exhibition is open from 10am until 6pm everyday and you can book tickets at the museum's information desk or online via the museum's website HERE
Ticket prices are £10 for adults, £6 for children and concessions (including students and disabled visitors), £28 for a family ticket and also 1 companion/carer can enter for free with every disabled visitor.
The exhibition is fully accessible for those using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. There are wide pathways leading around the route of the exhibition and all the cases are at a height visible to those using a wheelchair. There are a couple of places throughout the exhibition where forest and jungle scenes have been recreated with dinosaurs in - these are fully accessible but are quite dark inside. The paths are all clearly marked though and fully accessible with just a couple of gentle slopes.
The museum itself has its main entrance on the Cromwell Road. However, this entrance has many steps leading up to it. For the accessible and step-free entrance, please use the Exhibition Road entrance that has a level access foyer and lift up to the main exhibition level. The cafes are access friendly and there are accessible facilities onsite. For any questions relating to access, please call the museum's information line on: 020 7942 5839.
The museum also has several wheelchairs that it can loan to visitors for the duration of their visit, to book one, please call the customer service line on:
020 7942 5839. There is also a limited amount of disabled blue badge parking onsite. Due to road works that are currently being carried out on Exhibition Road, these spaces are slightly more limited so it is best to ring in advance to book one on:
020 7942 5888.
Although the Age of the Dinosaurs is a paid exhibition, you can visit the permanent dinosaur collection, or any of the museum's other permanent collections for free everyday.
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