Number of visitors to the Natural History Museum in London, England 2008-2019

The Natural History Museum in London has seen fluctuating visitor numbers in recent years. After a drop a few years earliers, numbers picked back up again and reached almost 5.5 million in 2018/19. The museum continues to be one of London’s and the UK's leading tourist attractions.

London's free museums

The Natural History museum, like many others in London, does not charge for admission, which contributes to its enduring popularity among visitors. It is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Of the museums supported by DCMS, the Tate Gallery Group museums had the most visitors, followed by the British Museum. Government-funded museums also enjoy attendance from overseas tourists as well as UK nationals. The British Museum and the National Gallery were some of the most popular for international tourists.

Museum visitors

Although national cultural policy suggests museums are open to all, data on engagement in arts and culture in England suggests there are still certain demographics more likely to visit. Younger generations aged 16 to 24 have a lower visit rate to museums and galleries than those over 25. Adults from more affluent backgrounds are also more likely to visit than those more financial stretched when breaking down visitors according to the ACORN classification.

Number of visitors to the Natural History Museum in London, England between 2008/09 and 2018/19

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008/09 to 2018/19*

Supplementary notes

* Periods run April to March of each year.
Figures have been rounded.

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