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

Urban fox, Sam Hobson

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 21 October 2016 — 10 October 2017 *on now

From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images.

Enjoy the world’s best nature photography exhibited on sleek backlit panels.

This year’s competition was the most competitive to date, attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

The exhibition will feature the collection of 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10.50 - £13.50
Child and concession £6.50 - £8
Family £27 - £36.90

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-52.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.

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

  • 31 October — 18 December 2016 *on now

Set sail on a journey deep beneath the waves, exploring planet Earth's largest coral reef.

This Atlantic Productions virtual reality experience combines the Museum's world-leading research with amazing 3D technology, vividly presenting the reef's colourful corals and darting shoals of tropical fish.

With Sir David Attenborough as your guide, you'll learn about the challenges faced by this extraordinary aquatic community, and find out how scientists are researching ways to conserve one of nature's most important ecosystems.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults £6.50, Members £4.50

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/whats-on/programs/nhm/david_attenborough%27s_great_barrier_reef_dive.html?date=&showMore=true

Dippy in Hintze Hall

New Year's Eve Ball: Last Dance with Dippy

  • 31 December 2016 — 1 January 2017

Ring in the New Year with style - and dinosaurs - at the Natural History Museum's first-ever New Year's Eve ball, hosted in collaboration with Guilty Pleasures.

Before Dippy departs to pastures new, join us as we count down the final hours of 2016 in an unforgettable night of extravagance. Pick up your complimentary drink on arrival and immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings of Hintze Hall.

Join us for this unique celebration: Explore the Dinosaur gallery, submit a song request to the Guilty Pleasures DJ, have your face painted - or simply dance the night away with Dippy to pop, dance, disco, R&B and club anthems.

Bars will be serving drinks and light refreshments throughout the night. If you fancy something more substantial, upgrade your ticket to include a three-course dinner and a drink in a VIP reception before joining the party in Hintze Hall.

More details here: www.nhm.ac.uk/last-dance-with-dippy

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

New Year's Eve Ball: Tickets: £130, Members: £117
Three-course meal and New Year's Eve Ball: Tickets £215, Members: £193.50

Website

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/last-dance-with-dippy

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

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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