Natural History Museum at Tring

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Discover the fascinating range of animals collected by Lionel Walter Rothschild in our beautiful Victorian Museum. It is home to the world-class research and collections of the Natural History Museum's Bird Group.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
Sunday 14.00-17.00
The Museum is open every day except 24-26 December.

Admission charges


Additional info

There is lift access to the ground, first and second-floor galleries of the Museum and to the Zebra Café and the Akeman Street car park.

Visit the galleries and come face to face with a full-sized gorilla, a huge anaconda or an extinct giant moa, just a few of the 4,000 animals on display!

The site of the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum is also home to the ornithological research collections (Bird Group, Department of Zoology) and the ornithological library (Department of Library and Information Services) of The Natural History Museum.

These collections are probably the largest and most comprehensive in the world, with over 2,000,000 skin, skeleton, spirit, egg and nest specimens, representing over 95 per cent of known bird species, housed adjacent to one of the world's great ornithological libraries. They are not open to the general public but, strictly by prior appointment, may be consulted by persons, amateur or professional, engaged in original research or the production of scientific artwork. More details are available on the NHM Bird Group and Library websites.

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A model of a dodo

Dodos: Old bird, new tricks

  • 10 February — 25 June 2017 *on now

Learn about new discoveries that have been made from these old bones, in a free family exhibition.

Explorers discovered the dodos in Mauritius in the late 1500s. In just 90 years dodos were extinct. But recently scientists have been making new discoveries about the lives of these mysterious birds.

See one of the few dodo skeletons in the world and take a close look at the first published illustration of the dodo, created more than 400 years ago. Try your hand at illustrating a bird, dig for dodo bones in a mini excavation site, and explore a 3D digital dodo.

Discover some of the other creatures that disappeared from the dodo's habitat, through the work of artist and palaeontologist Julian Pender Hume.

The exhibition also includes some of the most perfectly preserved dodo bones in the world, on loan from Hampshire Cultural Trust.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Family friendly


Natural History Museum at Tring
Akeman Street
HP23 6AP


NHM at Tring

NHM Bird Group website



020 7942 6171


020 7942 6150

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