Our enthusiastic visitors spend about one hour visiting the museum. However, there are many other enjoyable activities locally that you may like to consider although the museum refrains from making a recommendation:
Arrive early and enjoy coffee or breakfast at one of the many local cafes on your way. If it is a nice day many have terraces or outside seating.
PS You may wish to use the toilets before you leave the cafe as we do not have public toilets at the museum.
Stroll in Crystal Palace Park
The museum is located just inside the Anerley Hill entrance to Crystal Palace Park (formerly the grounds of the Crystal Palace) – the perfect location to have a stroll before/after your visit. Crystal Palace Park is a fairly large park with plenty of walk paths, cycle areas, playpark, cafe and of course the famous Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs (see below for more info) which are the most dramatic remains from the Crystal Palace era. You can also visit the sphinx and the remains of the Italian terrace, the bases of the North & South Towers and the remains of the aquarium.
Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs
Having been commissioned in 1852 and unveiled in 1854, the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a prominent feature in the park. Created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under the scientific direction of Sir Richard Owen, the sculptures represented the most scientific representation of dinosaurs at the time. In 1973 the sculptures were classed as a Grade II listed buildings and since 2007, after being restored in 2002, are a Grade I listed building. The dinosaurs can be found at the lower lake section of the park. There is an audio trail which you may wish to download to your MP3 player before you leave home.
National Sports Centre
If you enjoy your sports, then The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is worth a visit. Featuring a gym, Olympic sized swimming pool and diving pool, basketball, badminton and outside tennis and volleyball courts – there is something for everyone! You can find out more information (especially about opening times) on the official website.
Restaurants and Pubs
Browse, eat and/or drink your way around the Crystal Palace Triangle (Westow Hill, Westow Street & Church Rd) with many independent shops, restaurants (many with lunchtime offers on Saturday), cafes and bistro pubs. Visit Bookseller Crow and browse/buy from the collection of Crystal Palace related books or The Picture Palace for a variety of Crystal Palace prints (framed and unframed). Also enjoy spectacular views of central London that can be glimpsed from several points along Westow Hill.
- Take the Overground direct to Rotherhithe and visit The Brunel Museum.
- Stroll through the park and along Sydenham Hill, passing many fine Victorian villas, to the Dulwich Wood House with its spacious beer garden. Logie Baird’s former home is opposite and bears a blue plaque.
- Add a visit to the start or finish of The Green Chain Walk which begins (or terminates) at Crystal Palace Station.