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The nest of Orthotomus sutorius is a little different to most. With just a tiny beak, this tiny songbird can measure, fo...
06/08/2019
The bird that stitches its home

The nest of Orthotomus sutorius is a little different to most. With just a tiny beak, this tiny songbird can measure, fold and sew some skilful avian architecture.

The common tailor bird stitches leaves together to make a nest, using its needle-shaped beak and fine thread.

Visitors to Hintze Hall today may have noticed our Mantellisaurus looking a little different to usual. We've removed mos...
06/08/2019

Visitors to Hintze Hall today may have noticed our Mantellisaurus looking a little different to usual. We've removed most of the dinosaur's skeleton from its mount temporarily so that the bones can be 3D-scanned, allowing researchers all over the world access to this important specimen.

You can see the scanning in action for the next few days in our Marine Invertebrates gallery, or check out our Insta story for more from behind the scenes.

Mantellisaurus will be back on display from Friday 9 August.

06/08/2019
Why do seals have whiskers? | Audio extra

What's it like to swim with a seal? We spoke to underwater cameraman Ben Burville about his experiences with these marine mammals and their incredible hunting abilities.
#NationalMarineWeek

From making predictions with fossils to treating diseases with sponges, there are scientists worldwide who dedicate thei...
05/08/2019
What does it take to study the ocean?

From making predictions with fossils to treating diseases with sponges, there are scientists worldwide who dedicate their lives to studying the ocean, finding new and innovative applications for what they learn. #NationalMarineWeek 🌊

Much of the ocean remains unexplored, but scientists at the Museum are helping unravel the mysteries of the world beneath the waves.

Help us cheer on our brave riders who are getting into gear for #TeamNature at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 toda...
04/08/2019

Help us cheer on our brave riders who are getting into gear for #TeamNature at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 today.

A huge thank you to Adam, Joe, Emily, Jonathan, Gareth, George, Jonathan and Danielle, who are all saddling up to raise funds for the Museum. Good luck!

Dino on the loose! If you're visiting the Museum this Summer, keep an eye out for our runaway raptor - they seem to like...
03/08/2019

Dino on the loose! If you're visiting the Museum this Summer, keep an eye out for our runaway raptor - they seem to like hanging out in our LEGO pop-up shop.

03/08/2019

Summer is here and you may be planning to spend some of it relaxing at the beach.
But whilst you're there, why not discover what creatures are living in the rock pools around the coast?

Megalodon are thought to have been one of the most powerful predators to have ever existed. But did they just look like ...
02/08/2019
Megalodon: the truth about the largest shark that ever lived

Megalodon are thought to have been one of the most powerful predators to have ever existed. But did they just look like a beefed-up great white shark 🦈? And why are their fossil teeth so common 🦷? #SharkWeek #FossilFriday

Just how big was megalodon and could this giant predator still be lurking in the dark depths of the ocean?

Greenland sharks are elusive creatures. Spending most of their time in deep waters around the Arctic Circle, they rarely...
01/08/2019
How to pickle a shark

Greenland sharks are elusive creatures. Spending most of their time in deep waters around the Arctic Circle, they rarely travel as far south as the UK.
So when one washed up on an English beach, Museum curators jumped at the chance to preserve it for future study.
#SharkWeek

Follow a Greenland shark specimen’s journey from a beach in Northumberland to the Museum, where it was examined and preserved in a tank of alcohol.

What adaptations would life need to live in a frozen world? How about the sweltering hot desert of an exoplanet or froze...
01/08/2019

What adaptations would life need to live in a frozen world? How about the sweltering hot desert of an exoplanet or frozen oceans of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons? Build a LEGO® life form to survive in different environments in our summer holiday workshops: http://bit.ly/NHM-Lego-FB-03

Join us under a magnificent Moon installation for a family yoga experience that you won't forget. Our August sessions ar...
31/07/2019

Join us under a magnificent Moon installation for a family yoga experience that you won't forget. Our August sessions are suitable for visitors with children aged 5-11. You'll also get exclusive access to our Dinosaurs gallery before the summer crowds. 🌕🧘🦖 Book now: http://bit.ly/NHM-Family-Yoga-Aug

Northern elephant seals once teetered on the brink of extinction, but now the population is bouncing back.We went behind...
31/07/2019
Elephant seals: a giant survival story

Northern elephant seals once teetered on the brink of extinction, but now the population is bouncing back.
We went behind the scenes at the biggest marine mammal hospital in the world to see how they're offering a helping hand and meet some of their latest arrivals.

Go behind the scenes at a marine mammal hospital and learn how elephant seals are given a helping hand.

30/07/2019

What dinosaur was nine metres long and was once believed to be the remains of a giant human? Watch our video and see if you can guess! Check out dinosaurs like this and more at our #BritishDinosaurs exhibition Natural History Museum at Tring.

Discover more: http://bit.ly/NHM-British-Dinosaurs

There are over 500 species of shark living in waters around the world. The majority give birth to live young, but many l...
30/07/2019
Do sharks lay eggs?

There are over 500 species of shark living in waters around the world. The majority give birth to live young, but many lay 'mermaid's purses' - protective capsules that challenge the traditional idea of an egg 🥚
#SharkWeek

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

One of the first studies to look at the sublethal effects of plastic on seabirds has found that just a single piece of p...
30/07/2019
Ocean plastic is changing the blood chemistry of seabirds

One of the first studies to look at the sublethal effects of plastic on seabirds has found that just a single piece of plastic in the stomach of chicks is enough to alter their blood chemistry.

What this means for their future is still not know.

29/07/2019

School's out for summer! If you're looking for something fun to do with your family, go on a Tree Safari by playing our free #Naturenauts game. Grab your phone or tablet to build up a digital scrapbook of tree rubbings and explore their differences: http://bit.ly/NHM-Naturenauts-July19

Dippy the Diplodocus and Fern the Fox will help you explore the wildlife that you find on your adventure.

Dippy's Naturenauts is supported by DELL EMC, Intel and Microsoft.

29/07/2019
Why do seals have whiskers?

Seals are incredible underwater hunters. Along with a streamlined body and carnivore teeth, a secret weapon helps them track down and catch fast-moving fishes, even in the murkiest of waters.

Sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years, appearing in the fossil record even before trees existed.🦈...
28/07/2019
Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline

Sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years, appearing in the fossil record even before trees existed.
🦈
This #SharkWeek, discover the incredible story of how this diverse group of fishes came to dominate the ocean.

Evolving before trees and weathering five mass extinctions, sharks are true survivors.

Native to Australia, these tiny scale parasite flies have travelled half way around the world to make the Wildlife Garde...
28/07/2019
Australian flies found in London

Native to Australia, these tiny scale parasite flies have travelled half way around the world to make the Wildlife Garden their home.

Scale parasite flies, of a new fly family for Britain, have been found in the Museum's Wildlife Garden.

Did you know that the UK has two native species of seahorse? The long-snouted and short-snouted seahorses are both prote...
27/07/2019
Are seahorses the ocean's quirkiest fish?

Did you know that the UK has two native species of seahorse? The long-snouted and short-snouted seahorses are both protected species. Among their unusual features are long prehensile tails that they use to grab onto objects such as seaweed. A square shape to their tail gives extra grip.

Discover more about the peculiar features, abilities and behaviours that make seahorses such an intriguing group:
#NationalMarineWeek

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

Visiting the Museum this week? Be sure to check out our LEGO® activities in the Waterhouse Gallery, from creating and c...
27/07/2019

Visiting the Museum this week? Be sure to check out our LEGO® activities in the Waterhouse Gallery, from creating and coding your very own Martian rover to building new life forms to survive in other worlds.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/NHM-Lego-FB-02

There's just one week left until DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir bring their beats to our main hall for a very special gi...
26/07/2019

There's just one week left until DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir bring their beats to our main hall for a very special gig. 🎧🌕🎤 You can still grab yourself a ticket - book now: http://bit.ly/NHM-DJ-Yoda_House--Gospel

Dinosaur hunting takes some expert know-how, plenty of hard work and a bit of luck. Fresh off #MissionJurassic, dino res...
26/07/2019
How to find dinosaur fossils

Dinosaur hunting takes some expert know-how, plenty of hard work and a bit of luck.
Fresh off #MissionJurassic, dino researcher Prof Paul Barrett gave us the low-down on how to find a dinosaur. #FossilFriday

Discover how palaeontologists find and dig up dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

Wondering how you can spot more marvellous moths this #MothWeek? Warm summer nights are the perfect time to try your han...
25/07/2019
Night life: how to spot insects in the dark

Wondering how you can spot more marvellous moths this #MothWeek? Warm summer nights are the perfect time to try your hand at light trapping: follow this guide from insect curator Dr Gavin Broad to get started.

What nocturnal insects will you find where you live?

With a wingspan stretching up to 27 centimetres across, the atlas moth is one of the goliaths of the insect world.But be...
25/07/2019
Spotlight: the atlas moth

With a wingspan stretching up to 27 centimetres across, the atlas moth is one of the goliaths of the insect world.
But behind every oversized moth is a very hungry caterpillar...

One of the goliaths of the insect world, the atlas moth is a gentle giant – but behind every oversized moth is a very hungry caterpillar.

Here in the UK we tend to think of butterflies as bright and beautiful, and moths as rather muted. But for many species,...
24/07/2019
Spot the difference: butterfly or moth?

Here in the UK we tend to think of butterflies as bright and beautiful, and moths as rather muted. But for many species, that couldn't be further from the truth. 🦋
This #MothWeek, let the Museum's Curator of Moths Alessandro introduce you to some of the more reliable ways to tell one group from the other.

Step behind the scenes of our butterflies and moths collection for tips from curator Alessandro Giusti on how to tell the two close relatives apart.

Mary Anning is about to have her moment on the big screen 🎉
24/07/2019
A series of Mary Anning films are about to hit the cinemas

Mary Anning is about to have her moment on the big screen 🎉

Anning is played by three different actresses in Mary and the Dinosaur Hunters to depict various stages of her life © Mermade Films. Photography by Andrew Blackmore.

Join us for a BioBlitz from 11.00-16.00 and explore urban nature in the heart of London 🐛 🐞 🌱 🍄This event is...
24/07/2019
BioBlitz in the Wildlife Garden | Natural History Museum

Join us for a BioBlitz from 11.00-16.00 and explore urban nature in the heart of London 🐛 🐞 🌱 🍄

This event is part of the #NationalParkCity Festival.

Help create a snapshot of the variety of life in the garden, meet Museum scientists and try your hand at pond dipping.

Take a giant leap into the weekend at #NHMLates this Friday night 👩‍🚀Hear from space scientists in our Nature Li...
23/07/2019

Take a giant leap into the weekend at #NHMLates this Friday night 👩‍🚀

Hear from space scientists in our Nature Live talks, hold 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites and relax in our cosmic chill out zone. See a replica of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, find out what the solar system smells like and much more.

Join us from 18.00-22.00 this Friday (it's free!): http://bit.ly/NHM-Lates-ISS

The Moon may be a distant object in the sky that it took Apollo 11 astronauts four days to reach, but its influence is s...
23/07/2019
How does the Moon affect life on Earth?

The Moon may be a distant object in the sky that it took Apollo 11 astronauts four days to reach, but its influence is still felt here on Earth.

Discover how the Moon shapes life on Earth and a few of the fascinating results - from weeping trees to teeth stronger than Kevlar:

Weeping trees, teeth stronger than Kevlar and one of Earth's most spectacular natural events are among the results.

There is often a reluctance to talk about these histories in an honest way, but by opening up and discussing the origins...
22/07/2019
Are natural history museums inherently racist?

There is often a reluctance to talk about these histories in an honest way, but by opening up and discussing the origins of collections, museums can start to look towards a more positive future and inclusive practise.

Natural history museums often have their origins in colonialism. How they engage with this past will determine how they move forward ©The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

22/07/2019

Why do spotted hyenas have such a bad rep?
If you loved last week's film, listen to us catching up with Dr Natalie Cooper about why these animals are actually amazing. 🔊

Calling all future space scientists! Design, build and code a LEGO® Martian rover and see how it steps up to the challe...
22/07/2019

Calling all future space scientists! Design, build and code a LEGO® Martian rover and see how it steps up to the challenge of exploring a realistic surface of Mars in our Mission to Mars summer workshops.

See website for dates and times: http://bit.ly/NHM-Lego-FB-01

A group of Museum palaeontologists have recently been on a dino dig 🦕 ⛏️ in the USA with a team from The Children...
21/07/2019
Mission Jurassic dino dig quiz

A group of Museum palaeontologists have recently been on a dino dig 🦕 ⛏️ in the USA with a team from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

We've written a little quiz about their adventures. How will you do?
#MissionJurassic #WeDigDinos

Have a go at our quiz about Museum palaeontologists' recent adventures on the Mission Jurassic dig.

An ambitious plan to sequence the genomes of all living organisms in the UK kicked off after Museum scientists joined Na...
21/07/2019
Quest begins to sequence genomes of all UK life

An ambitious plan to sequence the genomes of all living organisms in the UK kicked off after Museum scientists joined Natural England for a three day #DNABioblitz in north west England. 🧬🐞🕷️🦋

Insects from Merseyside were some of the first animals studied in a new project.

Today marks 50 years since #Apollo11 landed on the Moon, and to celebrate we've got a range of Moon-inspired products on...
20/07/2019

Today marks 50 years since #Apollo11 landed on the Moon, and to celebrate we've got a range of Moon-inspired products on our online shop: http://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-Moon 🌕🚀👨‍🚀

Sir Richard Owen, acclaimed anatomist and founder of the Natural History Museum, was born #OnThisDay in 1804.In 1842, Ow...
20/07/2019

Sir Richard Owen, acclaimed anatomist and founder of the Natural History Museum, was born #OnThisDay in 1804.

In 1842, Owen changed the way the world thought about fossil reptiles, when he chose to group together 3 prehistoric animals with curious features in common under the term 'Dinosauria'.

The Museum's history and collection are entwined with NASA's Apollo missions. Moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronaut...
20/07/2019
In pictures: Apollo missions and the Museum

The Museum's history and collection are entwined with NASA's Apollo missions. Moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronauts was exhibited here in 1969 and we even care for the only piece of lunar rock gifted to the UK from the last Apollo mission. Explore photos from our archives:
#Apollo50

The Museum cares for the only piece of Apollo 17 Moon rock gifted to the UK, but our connection with NASA's missions goes back to Apollo 11.

After the final mission - #Apollo17 in 1972 - President Nixon gave Moon fragments as goodwill gestures to 135 countries ...
20/07/2019

After the final mission - #Apollo17 in 1972 - President Nixon gave Moon fragments as goodwill gestures to 135 countries around the world, including the UK.

See it on display in the Treasures gallery - http://bit.ly/moon-rock-treasures

'I set my alarm clock ever earlier. I get up every day and I work harder. I am 58 years old, I am running out of time.'O...
19/07/2019
Big Butterfly Count: Chris Packham on how to save British butterflies

'I set my alarm clock ever earlier. I get up every day and I work harder. I am 58 years old, I am running out of time.

'On my watch we've seen catastrophic damage done to the world's environments, catastrophic declines in wildlife populations, growing threats that are impinging on the entire planet's health.' - Chris Packham

Chris Packham is on a mission to get us all counting butterflies this summer, and for good reason.

Go on safari in the galleries and reacquaint yourself with your #LionKing favourites including Pumbaa who's ready for hi...
19/07/2019

Go on safari in the galleries and reacquaint yourself with your #LionKing favourites including Pumbaa who's ready for his close-up 🐗

Plus discover 17 other things to do this summer 👉 http://bit.ly/visit-pumbaa

Alfred Waterhouse was born #OTD in 1830. As the architect behind our iconic building, he created an extraordinary menage...
19/07/2019
Alfred Waterhouse and his cathedral to nature

Alfred Waterhouse was born #OTD in 1830. As the architect behind our iconic building, he created an extraordinary menagerie of terracotta designs.

See a selection of the extraordinary terracotta designs created by Waterhouse. From imposing gargoyles to delicate interior detail, every element of his design pays homage to the natural world.

For nearly four decades, pioneering photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have travelled through different Afri...
18/07/2019

For nearly four decades, pioneering photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have travelled through different African countries, recording and documenting ceremonies and cultures. Join us for a talk and Q&A about their work on 13 August: http://bit.ly/NHM-Beckwith-Fisher

On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 was travelling through space towards to the Moon. Has #Apollo50 inspired you to learn mor...
18/07/2019
How did the moon form?

On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 was travelling through space towards to the Moon.

Has #Apollo50 inspired you to learn more about the Moon and how it formed? Prof Sara Russell explains the origins of Earth's closest companion, and what we've learnt from NASA Apollo mission samples. 🌝🚀

Before the Earth and Moon, there was a proto-Earth and Theia. Museum planetary science researcher Prof Sara Russell explains the origins of Earth's closest companion.

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Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

We are within walking distance of South Kensington Underground station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 340, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near us.See our website for details: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/getting-here.html

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:50
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:50
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:50
Thursday 10:00 - 17:50
Friday 10:00 - 17:50
Saturday 10:00 - 17:50
Sunday 10:00 - 17:50

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