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 70 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

Free to all. Ticket entry to special temporary exhibitions.

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.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 1 December 2014 — 30 August 2015 *on now

Celebrating its milestone fiftieth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition combines the extraordinary work of talented professionals and gifted amateur photographers from around the globe.

Their photographs showcase the beauty, magnificence and diversity of life on our planet, while also highlighting its fragility and the role photography can play in preserving it.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £12.60, child and concession £6.30, family £34.45

Website

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

photograph of "bouquet" coral

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

  • 27 March — 13 September 2015 *on now

Coral reefs are home to almost a quarter of all marine species. In this new exhibition you will meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats, and find out why reefs are so important and how their future is being secured.

Encounter 200 strange and beautiful specimens from our collections including the gigantic Turbinaria coral, the venomous blue-ringed octopus and coral collected by Charles Darwin.

Take a virtual reef dive, see live sea coral and fish in our aquarium and enjoy spectacular underwater photography.

Dr Ken Johnson, Museum coral reefs expert, explains the importance of corals:

'Coral reefs are not simply beautiful environments. They provide food, income and storm protection for many millions of people around the world.'

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10
Child and concession £4.50
Family £24 (up to two adults and three children)

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/coral-reefs-secret-cities-of-the-sea-exhibition.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.

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

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.

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

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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