Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London In the face of a #PlanetaryEmergency, we're working to create a future where both people & planet thrive. The Museum is open every day except 24-26 Dec, from 10.00 until 17.50 (last entry at 17.00).
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From the bark of a tree to a butterfly's wing and the lines on a leaf - nature is truly beautiful if you remember to sto...
04/09/2021

From the bark of a tree to a butterfly's wing and the lines on a leaf - nature is truly beautiful if you remember to stop and look. Just a few minutes out in nature can help boost your health and wellbeing, so treat yourself to a #NatureBoost and share what patterns you see in the comments below.

From the bark of a tree to a butterfly's wing and the lines on a leaf - nature is truly beautiful if you remember to stop and look. Just a few minutes out in nature can help boost your health and wellbeing, so treat yourself to a #NatureBoost and share what patterns you see in the comments below.

The dinosaur gallery is not the only place you'll find a tri-horned critter. Meet the three-horned chameleon, or Tricero...
03/09/2021

The dinosaur gallery is not the only place you'll find a tri-horned critter. Meet the three-horned chameleon, or Triceros jacksonii!

While the males are reminiscent of the ceratopsian dinosaur Triceratops, the females generally lack horns. #StarInAReasonablySizedJar ⭐️

The dinosaur gallery is not the only place you'll find a tri-horned critter. Meet the three-horned chameleon, or Triceros jacksonii!

While the males are reminiscent of the ceratopsian dinosaur Triceratops, the females generally lack horns. #StarInAReasonablySizedJar ⭐️

Get ready to shake a tail feather and dance the night away under a blue whale with the return of our Silent Disco 🐋 🕺💃 -...
03/09/2021
Silent Disco | Natural History Museum

Get ready to shake a tail feather and dance the night away under a blue whale with the return of our Silent Disco 🐋 🕺💃 - choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Tickets for 17 Sep, 1 Oct & 5 Nov available now.

Get your dancing shoes on for an unforgettable night at our special silent disco event.

Which dinosaur are you most like? We know you're longing to find out! #FridayFun 🦖🦕
03/09/2021
What dinosaur are you?

Which dinosaur are you most like? We know you're longing to find out!
#FridayFun 🦖🦕

Take our quiz to find out what dinosaur you're most like.

Book your free tickets for our family Oceans Show and Rainforest Storytelling events at the Museum on 9 and 10 October. ...
03/09/2021
The Great Exhibition Road Festival: One World | Natural History Museum

Book your free tickets for our family Oceans Show and Rainforest Storytelling events at the Museum on 9 and 10 October. These events are part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Join us to explore how science and the arts can help inspire a better future for the planet we share.

02/09/2021

Join Alastair Hendry in conversation with Wild Crimes hosts Khalil Thirlaway and Tori Herridge as we go behind the scenes in to the making of the fascinating, and sometimes shocking podcast series from the Natural History Museum.

Every day, animals and plants are poached, packaged and traded across countries and continents for profit. From critically endangered eels stuffed into suitcases to caged chameleons at the heart of the exotic pet trade, millions of animals are dying at the hands of organised, criminal gangs.

Khalil and Tori discuss their experiences tracing the origins of some of the biggest wildlife smuggling rackets on the planet and bringing it to the podcast.

Nature has a spectacular colour palette, but it can be quite fragile. When colour is lost from delicate specimens, the M...
02/09/2021
Capturing colour: the art of scientific illustration

Nature has a spectacular colour palette, but it can be quite fragile. When colour is lost from delicate specimens, the Museum has another precious resource to refer to: half a million artworks and prints.

Explore the art of scientific illustration and the importance of colour:
🎨 🖌️

Some natural colours last for hundreds of years, but what can curators of natural history collections do when specimen colours fade?

Planning to visit the Museum? Book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry. We cannot guarantee that walk-up entry wi...
02/09/2021
Plan your visit | Natural History Museum

Planning to visit the Museum? Book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry. We cannot guarantee that walk-up entry will be available on the day. You may need to wait during busy periods or staff may ask you to return later when spaces become available. Please speak to staff on arrival for the latest queue information.

Book your free entry ticket in advance. Find out how to visit the dinosaurs, get here, see exhibitions, explore the galleries, see what's on and find our cafes and shops.

Andy is taking his clock on an adventure from 6-12 Sept, so it won't be on display. He'll be returning it to us for safe...
02/09/2021

Andy is taking his clock on an adventure from 6-12 Sept, so it won't be on display. He'll be returning it to us for safe keeping straight after, so you'll be able to visit it again in the Central Cafe from Mon 13 Sept. CBeebies

Andy is taking his clock on an adventure from 6-12 Sept, so it won't be on display. He'll be returning it to us for safe keeping straight after, so you'll be able to visit it again in the Central Cafe from Mon 13 Sept. CBeebies

#OTD in 1892 our sister Museum @NHM_Tring opened to the public. Housing the vast zoological collections of Walter Rothsc...
01/09/2021
Walter Rothschild: a curious life

#OTD in 1892 our sister Museum @NHM_Tring opened to the public. Housing the vast zoological collections of Walter Rothschild, the 4000 specimens on display are still arranged in taxonomic order in Victorian cases, just as they would have been back then. From a wasp nest in a bowler hat and dressed fleas from Mexico, to the extinct quagga and an emperor penguin, the Museum is a treasure trove full of the weird and wonderful.

From zebra-drawn carriages to fancy-dressed fleas, take a peek inside the curious world of Walter Rothschild.

A series of ancient lake beds in Saudi Arabia is showing how the deserts were once green wetlands.This is revealing how ...
01/09/2021
Oldest evidence of hominins in Arabia give clues to how humans left Africa

A series of ancient lake beds in Saudi Arabia is showing how the deserts were once green wetlands.

This is revealing how the changing climate over the past 400,000 years allowed wildlife to flourish & hints at when humans may have migrated out of Africa.

A series of ancient lake beds discovered in Saudi Arabia is showing how the now arid deserts were once green wetlands.

A series of ancient lake beds in Saudi Arabia is showing how the deserts were once green wetlands.This is revealing how ...
01/09/2021
Oldest evidence of hominins in Arabia give clues to how humans left Africa

A series of ancient lake beds in Saudi Arabia is showing how the deserts were once green wetlands.

This is revealing how the changing climate over the past 400,000 years allowed wildlife to flourish & hints at when humans may have migrated out of Africa.

A series of ancient lake beds discovered in Saudi Arabia is showing how the now arid deserts were once green wetlands.

01/09/2021
How did primates get to the Americas?

Today is #InternationalPrimateDay
Primates arrived in the Americas between 40-44 million years ago, but how they got there from Africa is still a bit of a mystery.

Featuring 100 images selected from over 50,000 entries, pictures from 95 different countries and three new categories fo...
01/09/2021

Featuring 100 images selected from over 50,000 entries, pictures from 95 different countries and three new categories for 2021, experience some of the world's best nature photography at Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Tickets for #WPY57 are on sale now. https://nhmlondon.org/WPY57-1-Sep

Featuring 100 images selected from over 50,000 entries, pictures from 95 different countries and three new categories for 2021, experience some of the world's best nature photography at Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Tickets for #WPY57 are on sale now. https://nhmlondon.org/WPY57-1-Sep

It is time! Take a sneak peek at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 👀Swimming cheetahs, emerald-gr...
01/09/2021
First Look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57

It is time! Take a sneak peek at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 👀

Swimming cheetahs, emerald-green parakeets and glowing fungi all feature in Highly Commended images from the competition, now in its fifty-seventh year.

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Some anglerfish relationships are rather unconventional. While the female spends her life hunting to survive, tiny males...
31/08/2021
The bizarre love life of the anglerfish

Some anglerfish relationships are rather unconventional. While the female spends her life hunting to survive, tiny males will fuse themselves to her body, acting as hitchhikers for the rest of their lives. Find out more:

With its luminous dorsal spine, the anglerfish is well adapted for life in the dark depths of the ocean. But when it comes to relationships, some take a rather unconventional route.

31/08/2021
Extreme birds from around the world | Live Talk with NHM Scientist

Birds do come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Within their astonishing diversity, there are some impressive record-breakers.

From the loudest to the quietest, the cheekiest to the chattiest, join Museum scientist Alex Bond in a chat with Cristina Torrente to discover some of the most surprising facts about birds.

What's in a name? Sometimes, they can hide a species thought extinct for over 100 years.Not seen since 1857, it turns ou...
31/08/2021
Australian rodent thought to be extinct is found alive on desert island

What's in a name? Sometimes, they can hide a species thought extinct for over 100 years.

Not seen since 1857, it turns out that Gould's field mouse has been alive and well this entire time living under a different name! #TaxonomyTuesday

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Life (as far as we know) started in water and is still very much dependent upon it.Explore some of the enterprising plan...
31/08/2021
Pond life: facts about pond habitats, plants and animals

Life (as far as we know) started in water and is still very much dependent upon it.

Explore some of the enterprising plants and animals that are typically found in and around garden ponds and discover their fascinating lifestyles:

Ponds are crucial habitat for a great diversity of plants and animals. Discover aquatic creatures that live in this freshwater habitat and other species that visit to feed, drink, bathe and breed. Discover how ponds form naturally, the threats this habitat is facing and why garden ponds are so impor...

This #MineralMonday we're bringing you connellite, a rare blue-green mineral that's found across Britain, Europe, the US...
30/08/2021

This #MineralMonday we're bringing you connellite, a rare blue-green mineral that's found across Britain, Europe, the US and Australia.

It produces bright, hexagonal crystals 💎

This #MineralMonday we're bringing you connellite, a rare blue-green mineral that's found across Britain, Europe, the US and Australia.

It produces bright, hexagonal crystals 💎

30/08/2021
Do whale sharks have teeth?

When you think of a shark, an animal with a mouth full of huge, razor-sharp teeth may come to mind.
But for some of the world's largest sharks, this isn't the case at all. Museum scientist Emma Bernard explains.

Whale sharks are the world's biggest fish. They also produce loads of eggs, but never lay them.  Instead, baby whale sha...
30/08/2021
Do sharks lay eggs?

Whale sharks are the world's biggest fish. They also produce loads of eggs, but never lay them. Instead, baby whale sharks hatch while still inside the female's body and are then born as miniature adults. #WhaleSharkDay
Discover more about shark eggs:

Many animals produce eggs. These help to protect and provide for offspring as they develop - but what about sharks?

The summer is a great time to get outside and explore nature. We have 30 fun activities for you to try, from mystery wal...
29/08/2021
30 nature activities for summer

The summer is a great time to get outside and explore nature. We have 30 fun activities for you to try, from mystery walks and animal observation to crafting projects. Why not pick one and give yourself a #NatureBoost?

30 fun activity suggestions to get you outside and exploring nature this summer, on your own, with friends or with family.

Have you ever thought about what physical traits define us as humans? Explore when they evolved and what their impact wa...
29/08/2021
How we became human

Have you ever thought about what physical traits define us as humans? Explore when they evolved and what their impact was:

What features make us human? And where and when did they evolve?

Bats are one of the most misunderstood of our fellow mammals. UK populations have crashed in the last century due to hum...
28/08/2021
How to see UK bats and give them a helping hand

Bats are one of the most misunderstood of our fellow mammals. UK populations have crashed in the last century due to human activities, but you can help turn things around for them.

This #InternationalBatNight, discover more about UK bats and how to take them under your wing:
#LoveBats ❤️🦇

See bats in the UK, learn where bats live and discover five ways you can help bats in your local area.

28/08/2021
Why are bats good for tequila?

When you think of pollinators, bees, beetles or flies may come to mind, but it's not just insects that put in the work.
Blue agave - the plant used to make tequila - relies on bats to pollinate its flowers. #InternationalBatNight

Wherever you are in the UK, you're never far from a pigeon. But did you know that this humble bird is a direct descendan...
28/08/2021

Wherever you are in the UK, you're never far from a pigeon. But did you know that this humble bird is a direct descendant of the group of dinosaurs that also includes the mighty T. rex? Spend a moment thinking about the evolution of the pigeon when you spot one for this week's #NatureBoost and share your pigeon pictures with us in the comments below.

Wherever you are in the UK, you're never far from a pigeon. But did you know that this humble bird is a direct descendant of the group of dinosaurs that also includes the mighty T. rex? Spend a moment thinking about the evolution of the pigeon when you spot one for this week's #NatureBoost and share your pigeon pictures with us in the comments below.

Animal portraits, environments and urban wildlife. Shop our best-selling Wildlife Photographer of the Year prints starti...
27/08/2021

Animal portraits, environments and urban wildlife. Shop our best-selling Wildlife Photographer of the Year prints starting at just £20: https://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-27Aug

Animal portraits, environments and urban wildlife. Shop our best-selling Wildlife Photographer of the Year prints starting at just £20: https://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-27Aug

Have you spotted any caterpillars around recently? Why not use them as inspiration for making your very own cress caterp...
27/08/2021
How to grow a cress caterpillar

Have you spotted any caterpillars around recently? Why not use them as inspiration for making your very own cress caterpillar? 🐛 We've also provided some colourful suggestions 👇
#FamilyActivity #FamilyFun #KidsCraft

Turn eggshells and cress seeds into a colourful caterpillar, watch the plants grow and eat the tasty results.

One for our littlest of explorers: join us for a baby sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and...
27/08/2021
Adventure Babies | Natural History Museum

One for our littlest of explorers: join us for a baby sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love of books. Classes run every other Tuesday from 7 Sep. Places are filling up quickly!

Join us for an adventure of discovery with the little one at our baby sensory classes.

In 1938, a strange fish with fleshy, limb-like fins and an armour of vivid blue scales caught curator Marjorie Courtenay...
27/08/2021
Coelacanths: the fish that 'outdid' the Loch Ness Monster

In 1938, a strange fish with fleshy, limb-like fins and an armour of vivid blue scales caught curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer's eye.
It turned out to be a coelacanth, one of a group of fishes thought to have gone extinct 70 million years earlier. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/coelacanths-the-fish-that-outdid-the-loch-ness-monster.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=what-on-earth

Meet the remarkable fish that turned up alive in 1938, despite having been presumed extinct for 70 million years.

26/08/2021
Waste World | Lates Online

Waste is a huge problem for the planet. Our Modern lifestyles and consumer habits generate astonishing amounts of waste. Far more than we can currently recycle. How can we get our Waste World under control? Is there a sustainable and long term solution? Can we have a world with almost nothing wasted at all?

Join us as we explore these questions and more with experts from the Natural History Museum.

Do you have a favourite seahorse fact? Doesn't everyone?!There are at least 40 species of seahorses known to science, li...
26/08/2021
Are seahorses the ocean's quirkiest fish?

Do you have a favourite seahorse fact? Doesn't everyone?!

There are at least 40 species of seahorses known to science, living in both temperate and tropical waters around the world.

Discover the peculiar features, abilities and behaviours that make seahorses and their closest relatives such an intriguing group:

With armoured bodies and limited swimming abilities, seahorses are unlike other fish. Discover facts about these unusual animals.

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The Natural History Museum in London is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.

Early days

The Museum in South Kensington first opened its doors on 18 April 1881, but its origins stretch back much further to the generous offer of a renowned doctor, Sir Hans Sloane.

Sloane travelled the world treating royalty and members of high society, while fulfilling his passion for collecting natural history specimens and cultural artefacts along the way. After his death in 1753, the government agreed to purchase Sloane’s collection - for significantly less than its value - and built the British Museum so that it could be displayed to the public.


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Hen Harrier numbers at record highs thanks to grouse moor management, with at least 77 chicks fledged from 24 successful nests, of which 19 are on grouse moors. Congratulations to gamekeepers, land owners and managers. #HenHarrierDay
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