We really needed to get out of the house today so we decided to go to the Natural History Museum at Tring.
Now if your only experience of a Natural History Museum is in London and you think we’re brave for taking a two year old and four month old out to the Natural History Museum then you are mistaken. Tring is nothing like the size of the Natural History Museum in London nor as busy. That makes it an ideal place to take young children.
What is it?
The Natural History Museum at Tring is basically a building that contains three floors of stuffed animals and some other exhibits. Today, for example, they also exhibited photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The below photo is what greets you as you enter the main display area.
This is an imposing sight for a young child, but they love it. Other animals on display on the ground floor include big cats, monkeys and gorillas and lots of birds.
On the second floor they have lots of fish and insects as well as zebra, elephants and giraffe.
On the top floor they have antelope and deer, sea mammals, snakes and domestic dogs.
All in all it’s a very varied display of animals. In fact, it is one of the largest collection of animals that has ever been put together by a private individual, Sir Walter Rothschild. It’s basically a zoo where all the animals are really close and and stationary. This makes it much easier to see all the detail.
Handy things to know
- Parking: There is a small car park attached to the museum. However, whenever we’ve been it’s always been full. There is usually on street parking available in side roads not too far from the museum.
- Entry Costs: The museum has free entry for everyone. Although there are sometimes some activities and exhibitions for which there is a charge.
- Facilities: There is a small gift shop and a cafe. However, the latter is only open at weekends and during school holidays. At other times, there are drinks and snack machines available and you can use the cafe facilities for packed lunches. There are numerous places to eat in Tring should you not wish to bring a packed lunch. There is also a Marks and Spencers nearby if you want to buy sandwiches.
- Opening Times: Monday to Saturday the Museum is open 10.00 till 17.00 and on Sunday it is open 14.00 till 17.00. The museum is closed 24-26th of December.
- School parties: It can be a little bit busy with school parties, there were three today. However you can always find quiet spaces to enjoy the exhibits.
- Activities: The museum organises various activities. For example on Thursday the 12th of February they are organising a bird feeder workshop for under fives at a cost of £1.50 On Wednesday the 18th of February they are doing a free den building activity in the adjacent Tring Park for over fives.
- More information: For more information I suggest you go to their website here.
I would whole heartily recommend a trip to the Natural History Museum in Tring- even though my daughter said the below monkey looked like Daddy! I hope she meant the howler monkey in the foreground and not the mandrill’s bottom in the background.