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

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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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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

  • 13 February — 28 September 2014 *on now

Travel back in time and experience the dramatic story of prehistoric Britain, its changing landscapes and the people that lived here one million years ago.

Find out how Britain looked long before the Romans, Saxons and Vikings arrived and discover rarely seen specimens from behind the scenes, brought to life using the latest scientific techniques and life-size models.

Incredible finds from sites around Britain will reveal what life was really like one million years ago.

Please note: this exhibition is ticketed. Please purchase tickets in advance. Adults £9.00, Children/Concessions £4.50. Please visit venue's website to book tickets and for information about family concessions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4.50/£9.00

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/britain-million-years/index.html

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Dinosaurs

  • 31 July 2000 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Meet a terrifying T-rex, unearth Baryonyx bones and inspect the Triceratops skeleton in our world-renowned Dinosaurs gallery. Sort the facts from the myths about why dinosaurs died out and delve into our research and discoveries about these prehistoric giants.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Cocoon

  • 22 February 2011 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Travel through the Cocoon experience deep into the heart of the collections to glimpse the working life of our scientists. See the previously hidden world of scientific research through viewing decks, video, intercom and more than 40 high-tech installations and hands-on interactive activities. Visitors will be able to interact with learning activators stationed throughout Cocoon and discover more about scientific techniques used in labs at Science Focus activity points near the viewing decks

Suitable for

  • Any age
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The Vault

  • 4 September 2011 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Highlights include a collection of 296 naturally coloured diamonds known as the Aurora Pyramid of Hope, Medusa, a giant, one-of-a-kind emerald from Zambia, and Tissint, a Martian meteorite that landed in Morocco last year

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Investigate Centre

  • 22 February 2013 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Become a scientist in our hands-on education space where you can examine hundreds of real natural history specimens.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Treasures

  • 22 February 2013 — 22 February 2015 *on now

See 22 of the most valuable and significant items in the Museum’s collection. This cabinet of curiosities includes unique, famous and surprising specimens from the worlds of botany, mineralogy, zoology and palaeontology. Highlights include Charles Darwin’s pigeons, which provided him with the crucial evidence for the theory of evolution by natural selection, and the skull of a Barbary lion, which is thought to have lived in the Tower of London around 1280–1385

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Images of Nature

  • 24 February 2013 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Indulge your passion for natural history, botanical illustration and scientific investigation. This permanent gallery showcases highlights from the Museum’s extensive collection of prints, watercolours and oil paintings, alongside intriguing scientific images. The art of India is the theme for this year’s temporary exhibition, which showcases Indian botanical and zoological watercolours commissioned by those working for the British East India Company during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Also on display is a modern response to this work by contemporary Indian artist Sunoj D

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Sensational Butterflies

  • 3 April — 14 September 2014 *on now

Experience the wonder of walking among hundreds of free-flying butterflies this spring when our tropical butterfly house returns to the Natural History Museum. This family-friendly exhibition allows you to wander through a tropical enclosure, discovering the science behind these delicate creatures and their amazing life cycles as they evolve from crawling caterpillars into beautiful butterflies. Book your tickets now to come and see them take flight

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

  • 23 May 2014 — 23 May 2015 *on now

Enter the amazing world of some of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth. See huge fossils and life-size models of mammoths, and square up to the powerful trunks and tusks of these great beasts.

You’ll even be able to try out life as a mammoth: tusk jousting, trunk moving and feeling the weight of the hundreds of kilogrammes of food a mammoth ate each day – equivalent to about 230 bags of sugar.

The exhibition will take you on an inspiring journey from the time when these titans roamed the land through to today’s research into the causes of mammoth extinction and ways to protect their precious modern relatives, the elephants

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.40-£10 (family ticket £25-£28, free for children under four)

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.
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups: The ultimate sleepover

  • 22 — 23 August 2014 7pm-9:30am
  • 25 — 26 October 2014 7pm-9:30am

Museums at Night: Ever wondered what happens when the doors close at one of the world’s most famous sites dedicated to natural history? Now you can find out for yourself at Dino Snores for Grown Ups, one of the UK’s most extraordinary sleepovers. This unique sleepover offers an unforgettable night of music, art, science and cinema, all in the mysterious setting of the Museum at night.

All you need to enjoy the night is an enquiring mind, a sense of adventure and a sleeping bag, of course.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£175 per person (£160 for Members)

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/after-hours//dino-snores-grown-ups/

Investigate for families

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work. Museum Science Educator staff are on hand to help you look closely at real objects using the many tools provided. Bring your own questions, or use some of ours in this hands-on science space.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Weekdays from 15:30. Weekends from 11:00

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/learning/investigate_for_families.html?date=19.07.2014

Lates with Mastercard

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Enjoy our galleries, relax in the Central Hall with drinks and a meal, and listen to live music. It's free to attend Lates evenings although you need to buy tickets for our exhibitions and special events.

Suitable for

Admission

Last Friday of every month, excluding December.

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/lates_with_mastercard.html?date=25.07.2014

Spirit Collection tour

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the 27 kilometres of shelves, 22 million specimens, and cutting-edge scientific research in the extended Darwin Centre's Zoology spirit building.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/learning_tours/spirit_collection_tours_-_extended.html?date=11.07.2014

Wildscapes

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Ocean, Ice and African Plains - a multi screen immersive experience in a particular habitat based on High definition footage from the BBC Natural History Unit. Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, swimming through the ocean, what life is like in the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/wildscapes.html?date=14.07.2014

David Attenborough: Life on Camera

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's achievements and enjoy some of the best-loved clips from his landmark BBC TV series. Narrated by Simon King, presenter of BBC Springwatch.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/david_attenborough%3A_life_on_camera.html?date=11.07.2014

Nature Through the Lens

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Go back in time from black and white to colour as you watch Nature through the Lens. Featuring stunning close-ups of insects and extraordinary time-lapse photography, this fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breakthroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/nature_through_the_lens.html?date=14.07.2014

Who do you think you really are? Interactive film

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Find out who you really are and where you come from in our innovative, interactive film about evolution, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The film is shown daily in the Attenborough Studio. Sit back and take part in a virtual journey where you'll see a dinosaur and an early human brought to life before your eyes, thanks to cutting-edge technology. Experience augmented reality - the blending of computer graphics into real life - like you've never seen it before.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/who_do_you_think_you_really_are%3F_interactive_film.html?date=14.07.2014

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Marvellous Moths

  • 28 July 2014 12:30-3pm *on now

What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Can moths be colourful too? And how big can they get? Meet our moth curator and join us as we reveal some of the most impressive and beautiful moths in our collections. This workshop will take place at 12:30 and 14:30.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
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Big Bugs

  • 29 July 2014 12:30-3pm

What is the heaviest insect in the world? Which one has the greatest wingspan? What bug can break a pencil with its jaws? Join us as we come face-to-face with some of the world's largest and most spectacular bugs. This talk will talk place at 12:30 and 14:30. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
Swamp

Life in the Swamp

  • 30 July 2014 12:30-3pm

The flooded peat forests of Malaysia and Indonesia are unique areas. Scientists are just beginning to realise how many unknown species exist within this watery new world. Join museum scientist Ellie Adamson, who reveals her recent discoveries in the field. The talk will take place at 12:30 and 14:30. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
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.

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

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
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