Natural History Museum

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Dinosaurs, volcanoes, precious gems, creepy crawlies - as a visitor to The Natural History Museum you will be amazed by the diversity of our natural world.

The Natural History Museum is home to the nation's finest collections of natural history specimens and is one of the UK's top visitor attractions. The Museum's collection now runs to 80 million plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, fossils, rocks and minerals - many of which are displayed through its fascinating exhibitions and more than you could ever see in one day.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.00-17.50 daily
Last admission is 17.30

Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December ONLY

Admission charges

The Natural History Museum is free to all. Ticket entry to special temporary exhibitions.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass

The Natural History Museum's natural science collections are the finest in Europe and are divided into:

1. Botany
2. Entomology
3. Mineralogy
4. Palaeontology
5. Zoology

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Highlights of a trip to The Natural History Museum include:
  • *The Darwin Centre (Phase One), where you can take a behind-the-scenes tour for the first time to see some of the 22 million zoology specimens on display and meet the scientists working with the collections. A packed programme of tours and talks with scientists about their work gives visitors the chance to engage with the natural world in a more informed way.
  • *The Dinosaurs exhibition, with its animatronic displays and real dinosaur skeletons.
  • *Entering the Earth Galleries through a giant suspended globe and a visit to our permanent exhibits on the origin of the universe and the restless earth - including the human experience of earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • *Investigate - a hands-on education centre where visitors can be scientists and examine hundreds of specimens.
  • *Permanent exhibits devoted to mammals, creepy crawlies, human biology, ecology and much more.
  • *A regular and changing programme of special science, art and photography exhibitions on all aspects of the natural world.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Bauer Brothers: Masters of Scientific Illustration

  • 1 June 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see botanical and zoological artworks by two of the most accomplished natural history artists of all time.

Franz (1758-1840) and his brother Ferdinand (1760-1826) were both talented artists, who spent their entire lives studying and drawing nature.

The brothers' careers took them on quite different paths, but both played an important role in documenting newly discovered wildlife from around the world, particularly plants.

Located in our Images of Nature gallery, this exhibition showcases the Museum Library's collection of the brothers' drawings and watercolours, which are not only beautiful but scientifically accurate. They have only occasionally been on public view before.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/galleries-and-museum-map/images-of-nature.html

Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature

  • 15 July — 6 November 2016 *on now

Discover how the entwined histories of colour and vision have filled the natural world with the vibrant hues and shades we see today. Exhibition opens 15 July.

Follow a 565-million-year journey through the eyes of nature. Uncover how vision first evolved and how colour in animals suddenly became the difference between life and death.

Marvel at nature's spectacular palette and see how a rainbow of pigments and iridescence can be used as a warning, a disguise or even an irresistible invitation. Colour in nature is a big influence for art, design and innovation.

Investigate how different animals see the world, and explore your own relationship with colour, through interactive experiences and immersive films.

More than 350 specimens feature, from beautiful birds to fossils of the first organisms with eyes. And British artist Liz West has produced a stunning light installation, inspired by Newton's colour spectrum and blue morpho butterflies in the Museum's collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10.80
Child and concession £5.40
Family £27.00
Free for Members, Patrons and children under four

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/colour-and-vision-exhibition.html

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Visitors exploring the Museum at Science Uncovered

Science Uncovered 2016

  • 30 September 2016 4-10pm

Our annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to uncover the hidden worlds of nature: from the deepest depths of the oceans, to life in the dark, to the moon and planets out in space.
Activities include:
• Science Stations: discover groundbreaking research and the secrets of specimens from the people who study them.
• Events: take part in interactive lectures and debates.
• Storytelling: listen to enthralling tales of life in the field from our researchers.
• Tours: go behind the scenes and see some unique deep-sea specimens.
• Chat to experts over a drink in the Science Bar and refuel in our other pop-up bars and restaurants.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/science-uncovered-2016.html

Thirteenth-century Barbary lion skull from the Tower of London

Discovery Lates

  • 28 October 2016 6-10pm

See our world-famous collection, from dinosaurs and Neanderthals, to meteorites and mammals, and relax with fabulous food and drink. Join us as we celebrate discovery in all its forms: take a tour of the highlights of our collection in the Treasures gallery, discover what’s inside some of our specimens using 3D imaging, and explore the wonders of Space in a pop-up planetarium.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free to enter. Some activities will be charged for.

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/lates.html

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Seeds of Trade

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/seeds/

Civilisation is based on the cultivation of plants, but humans rely on plants for far more than simple foodstuffs. This virtual book, written by Henry Hobhouse, the author of Seeds of Change, and Museum botanist Sandra Knapp, is an introduction to the fascinating history of cultivation and some of its impacts on today's society.

Creator

  • Hobhouse, Knapp and Lowndes

Dinosaur datafiles

http://internt.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/nature-online/dino-directory/about-teachers.dsml

The Data Files contain extended information about some of the dinosaurs in the Museum's Dino Directory, They have been designed so that they can be printed out and photocopied for use in the classroom, at home or in the Museum itself.

Creator

  • The Natural History Museum

Publisher

  • The Natural History Museum

Investigate

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/education/activities/school-activities/investigate/index.html

Investigate is a bookable state-of-the-art, hands-on science centre available to school groups at Key Stages 2 and 3. Students become scientists and explore the processes of science. Museum staff encourage them to ask their own questions about hundreds of real specimens. With everything from dinosaur fossils to butterflies and rare minerals , students can explore some of the diversity of the natural world with scientific equipment and computer resources.

Creator

  • The Natural History Museum

Publisher

  • The Natural History Museum

Predator or Scavenger?

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/trex-quiz/

This activity lets you explore different features of T. rex. Look at each of the pieces of evidence and decide whether you think T. rex was a scavenger, predator or even both.

Teachers' resource

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/education/teachers-resource/index.jsp

Our galleries, events, online videos and activities support a large number of classroom needs.
Enter a topic you are interested in and the Teachers' resource will bring you all the relevant learning outcomes covered by our museum resources.
Includes Teachers' packs and Gallery Guides.

Creator

  • The Natural History Museum

Publisher

  • The Natural History Museum

Wildlife garden activities

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/education/activities/school-activities/wildlife-garden-activities.html

During the summer term, we offer a number of activities that complement National Curriculum Science and Early Learning Goals . Themes covered include creepy crawlies, habitats, variation, classification and grouping, plants and animals in the local environment and adaptation.

Creator

  • The Natural History Museum

Publisher

  • The Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
Greater London
SW7 5BD
England

Website

Main site

www.nhm.ac.uk/

Academic site

www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/

Tring Zoological Museum

www.nhm.ac.uk/museum/tring/

Nature Online

www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/

Kids Only

www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/

E-mail

general

information@nhm.ac.uk

education

education@nhm.ac.uk

website

webmaster@nhm.ac.uk

Telephone

general

020 7942 5000

education

020 7942 5555

website

020 7942 5821

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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