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. We plan to reopen the Museum on Monday 17 May, government guidance permitting.
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Ready to rock? Whether you're keen to set eyes on the Winchcombe meteorite or you've missed Hintze Hall's stunning Imila...
14/05/2021

Ready to rock? Whether you're keen to set eyes on the Winchcombe meteorite or you've missed Hintze Hall's stunning Imilac specimen, there's not long to wait until our doors open up and our space rocks are on display again! ☄️

Our free galleries reopen from MONDAY, but remember you'll need to book in advance: http://nhmlondon.org/Reopening-Monday

Ready to rock? Whether you're keen to set eyes on the Winchcombe meteorite or you've missed Hintze Hall's stunning Imilac specimen, there's not long to wait until our doors open up and our space rocks are on display again! ☄️

Our free galleries reopen from MONDAY, but remember you'll need to book in advance: http://nhmlondon.org/Reopening-Monday

After forming some 4.5 billion years ago and travelling trillions of kilometres through space, a chunk of meteorite hurt...
14/05/2021
Winchcombe meteorite to go on display at the Museum

After forming some 4.5 billion years ago and travelling trillions of kilometres through space, a chunk of meteorite hurtled through the Earth's atmosphere and landed in Gloucestershire.

From Monday, you'll get the chance to see it for yourself ☄️

It is the first meteorite fall to have been recovered in the UK for 30 years.

13/05/2021

The natural world is in crisis. As our demand for food, materials and energy soars, forests are becoming farmland, plastic is filling our oceans and the climate is heating fast.

In the run up to the global UN conferences of COP15 on biodiversity and COP26 on climate change, join us as we debate why and how our relationship with the natural world needs to change.

The programme includes a free display at the Museum, online events and articles which delve into the issues we face.

Visit the display
This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, we reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.

The display will open in three stages across the year, with each section exploring a new theme.

Explore the free programme http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-broken-planet

We're busy giving the terracotta on the front of the Museum some TLC, so it may look a little different while scaffoldin...
13/05/2021
Alfred Waterhouse and his cathedral to nature

We're busy giving the terracotta on the front of the Museum some TLC, so it may look a little different while scaffolding is in place.

Find out more about the building and take a closer look at architect Alfred Waterhouse's detailed 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.

"In the bowels of the museum – empty due to Covid-19 – scientists are working to protect the planet for the future, as w...
13/05/2021
No visitors but teeming with life: what’s going on inside the Natural History Museum?

"In the bowels of the museum – empty due to Covid-19 – scientists are working to protect the planet for the future, as well as preserving its past." - a brilliant piece from The Guardian all about how our work has continued behind closed doors.

While its doors have been closed to the public, scientists have been busy digitising its vast archive – from 100-year-old insects to rare minerals

Connect with nature this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek through the magic of song, music and art. Don't forget, you can stil...
13/05/2021
Spell Songs in Concert for the Urban Nature Project | Natural History Museum

Connect with nature this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek through the magic of song, music and art. Don't forget, you can still watch Spell Songs in concert for the #UrbanNatureProject free online until 31 May.

Join us in supporting nature with this special evening of songs created to accompany The Lost Words & The Lost Spells books.

12/05/2021

The rise of intensive agriculture has had vast consequences for the planet's land, water supply, and climate. Could the reduction in demand for animal products be the key to a more equitable future for everyone - and are we capable of making the change?

Join Dr Tara Garnett, researcher from the University of Oxford and acting director of Table, and Dr Julia Shaw, psychological scientist at University College London, as we explore the complexities of our relationship with animal products and what drives us to make the choices we do.

About the speakers

Dr Tara Garnett is the acting director of Table, which seeks to provide a platform for informed discussions and bridge divides in debates surrounding food systems. Tara is based at the Environmental Change Institute in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, is a fellow of the Oxford Martin School and is a co-investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project.

Dr Julia Shaw is a psychological scientist, science communicator and honorary research associate in the University College London (UCL) Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS). Julia is the international bestselling author of Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side (2018) and The Memory Illusion: Remembering Forgetting and the Science of False Memory (2016). She is also known for her media appearances and consulting work, including the co-hosting the BBC Sounds podcast, Bad People.

Spare a thought for slow worms. May is the time they engage in marathon mating sessions, where a pair entwine for up to ...
12/05/2021
Slow worms: Britain's most unusual lizards

Spare a thought for slow worms. May is the time they engage in marathon mating sessions, where a pair entwine for up to 10 hours. The female gives birth to up to 12 baby slow worms a few months later.

Discover more about these legless lizards:
#WildlifeWednesday

Discover this creature's intriguing survival strategies and behaviours, and how to increase your chances of seeing one.

12/05/2021

Happy 116th birthday, Dippy! 🦕🎂 Our Diplodocus cast was unveiled to the public #OTD in 1905. He didn't always live in Hintze Hall though. Watch as Museum staff, in 1979, carefully move him to what would be his new home until leaving to star in #DippyOnTour.

Dippy is getting ready for the final stop of the tour and will be at Norwich Cathedral from 13 July to 30 Oct 2021.

Dippy on Tour is in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and is supported by DELL EMC and Williams and Hill.

11/05/2021

Often overlooked by many, plants play really important roles in British ecosystems. But human practices such as the draining of wetlands, intensive agriculture or overgrazing, as well as climate change, are making some of Britain’s plants numbers decrease dramatically even to the point of extinction, from ferns to grasses, from flowers to carnivorous plants. Join botanist Fred Rumsey and find out more about these vanishing plants and the efforts that are being carried on around the country to recover them.

11/05/2021
Snails! | Live Talk with NHM Scientist

Although sometimes overlooked, there are tens of thousands of species of snail and slugs, and they come in a bewildering array of shapes, sizes and colours. Join Cristina Torrente in a conversation with scientist Jon Ablett and get introduced to some remarkable species from around the world, while exploring the challenges and stresses we are putting these animals through.

11/05/2021

Our city's getting ready to welcome you back!
With incredible museums, galleries, theatres and so much more getting ready to open next week, #LetsDoLondon

We're ready to roar!After yesterday's announcement, we can confirm the Museum will be reopening on MONDAY 17 MAY - that'...
11/05/2021

We're ready to roar!
After yesterday's announcement, we can confirm the Museum will be reopening on MONDAY 17 MAY - that's just next week!

Not got your tickets get? There's still plenty of time to book general admission (still completely free) or buy a ticket to one of our exhibitions (general admission included): http://nhmlondon.org/Reopening-17May

(Please note: you still cannot hug the dinosaurs.)

We're ready to roar!
After yesterday's announcement, we can confirm the Museum will be reopening on MONDAY 17 MAY - that's just next week!

Not got your tickets get? There's still plenty of time to book general admission (still completely free) or buy a ticket to one of our exhibitions (general admission included): http://nhmlondon.org/Reopening-17May

(Please note: you still cannot hug the dinosaurs.)

10/05/2021
How do chameleons change colour?

Many chameleons are shades of brown and green, which allows them to blend in with their environment, but they can also change colour.
Patrick Campbell, Senior Curator of Reptiles at the Museum, explains why and how they do so.

Witches, wizards and Muggles™ better shake a leg. There's only a week until #NHMFantasticBeasts is set to reopen and tic...
10/05/2021

Witches, wizards and Muggles™ better shake a leg. There's only a week until #NHMFantasticBeasts is set to reopen and tickets are selling fast. Book: http://nhmlondon.org/FBTWON-10-May

Witches, wizards and Muggles™ better shake a leg. There's only a week until #NHMFantasticBeasts is set to reopen and tickets are selling fast. Book: http://nhmlondon.org/FBTWON-10-May

A major operation has taken place in London to save a young whale that had become stranded in the River Thames.People ar...
10/05/2021
Young minke whale freed by rescuers after stranding in the Thames

A major operation has taken place in London to save a young whale that had become stranded in the River Thames.

People are urged to keep an eye out for the whale, which was last seen off Isleworth and may still be in the river.

People are urged to keep an eye out for the whale last seen off Isleworth.

ICYMI - Something incredible has been uncovered in Kenya: the burial of a small child in a cave.Dating to roughly 78,000...
09/05/2021
Oldest human burial in Africa has been discovered in a cave in Kenya

ICYMI - Something incredible has been uncovered in Kenya: the burial of a small child in a cave.

Dating to roughly 78,000 years old, the grave is the oldest human burial ever discovered in Africa.

Dating to roughly 78,000 years old, the grave is the oldest human burial discovered in Africa to date.

Kākāpō are large, ground-dwelling, flightless parrots that were once widespread across New Zealand but hunted to near ex...
09/05/2021
New Zealand's quirky kākāpō are pulled back from the edge of extinction

Kākāpō are large, ground-dwelling, flightless parrots that were once widespread across New Zealand but hunted to near extinction.

Thanks to highly specialised conservation efforts, these unique birds are slowly bouncing back 💚

Kākāpō are large, ground-dwelling, flightless parrots that were once widespread across New Zealand but hunted to near extinction. Thanks to highly specialised conservation efforts, these unique birds are slowly bouncing back.

We don't know which species passed on the pathogen that causes COVID-19 in humans, but genome sequences of the virus are...
08/05/2021
How natural history museums can help fight future pandemics

We don't know which species passed on the pathogen that causes COVID-19 in humans, but genome sequences of the virus are 95% identical to that of a bat coronavirus.

Discover how bat specimens in the Museum can help in the fight to protect public health.

Data on three bat families will be released on an open platform and made available to researchers all over the world.

08/05/2021
How do birds really sleep?

Many birds fly long distances looking for food and warmer areas, and can do so without a rest - so how do they sleep?
Dr Alex Bond, Senior Curator in Charge of Birds at the Museum, explains. #WorldMigratoryBirdDay

Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's birthday with a book by or about one of the nation's favourite naturalist: http://bit...
08/05/2021

Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's birthday with a book by or about one of the nation's favourite naturalist: http://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-8-May

Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's birthday with a book by or about one of the nation's favourite naturalist: http://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-8-May

We're finding ourselves charmed by blissful birds for #NatureBoost this week! Did you know that dawn chorus is strongly ...
08/05/2021
British garden birds: spring and summer highlights

We're finding ourselves charmed by blissful birds for #NatureBoost this week!

Did you know that dawn chorus is strongly tied to the beginning of breeding season? The frequencies of this inviting song have also been proven to have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

As skies get lighter and the air turns warmer, our gardens and local parks have become awash with these enchanting delicate creatures.

From the swirling, swooshing patterns found on sparrows to the vibrant flashes of reds and yellows that illuminate the goldfinch, there are so many different types of birds to notice at this time of year.

We'd love to see your recordings and hear about all of all the different types of birds you encounter on your adventures this weekend.

Discover some of the common bird species you're likely to spot in urban parks and gardens this spring and summer and what they may be up to.

Are you usually up with the lark? Then join the Dawn Chorus - Stop and listen month-long project to record the morning b...
07/05/2021
Home - Dawn Chorus

Are you usually up with the lark? Then join the Dawn Chorus - Stop and listen month-long project to record the morning bird song in your area.

You'll be contributing to research on the effects of climate change, habitat loss and human-made noise.

#dawnchorus2021 #stopandlisten

Get up early and record the morning birdsong on your doorstep with your mobile phone. Upload the recordings on this page and share your experience with people around the world. Get together with friends, colleagues, club members or your school class and collect the birdcalls as a group.

By looking at the flippers of seals and how they move through water, researchers have been able to show that distantly r...
07/05/2021
Seals have evolved two different ways to swim

By looking at the flippers of seals and how they move through water, researchers have been able to show that distantly related seals have evolved similar flippers to allow them to deal with chasing down fast-moving prey.

Seals either swim with their tails or with their flippers.

Planning your visit but not sure where to head first? Whether it's your first or your fiftieth visit, check out our gall...
07/05/2021
Explore the Museum | Natural History Museum

Planning your visit but not sure where to head first? Whether it's your first or your fiftieth visit, check out our gallery guides and suggested tours to help you get #BackToMuseums and find your way to what interests you most!

Discover what you can see and do in the Natural History Museum's galleries, and where you can eat, drink and shop. All galleries are free, except some temporary exhibitions.

When marsupials are born, they are so underdeveloped that the young don't even have a much of brain.But they do have inc...
07/05/2021
Prolonged suckling has vastly limited marsupial evolution

When marsupials are born, they are so underdeveloped that the young don't even have a much of brain.

But they do have incredibly well-developed jaws, and this has limited the way in which marsupials have evolved over the past 90 million years.

Marsupials have missed out on their evolutionary potential because of how the reproduce.

Frog skulls have revealed that a frog's environment is the main driver of its skull shape, but that tadpole feeding beha...
06/05/2021
Not feeding as a tadpole speeds up frog evolution

Frog skulls have revealed that a frog's environment is the main driver of its skull shape, but that tadpole feeding behaviour influences how fast frogs evolve.

Frog skulls have revealed that a frog's environment is the main driver of its skull shape, but that that tadpole feeding behaviour influences how fast frogs evolve.

06/05/2021

You don't need a lot of room to give your neighbourhood butterflies and bees a boost. Growing native wildflowers in a container is an easy way to give your outside space a burst of colour while supporting important pollinating insects. 🌼🐝🦋

We're made up to be reopening #NHMFantasticBeasts in less than 2 weeks, government guidance permitting. Remember to book...
06/05/2021

We're made up to be reopening #NHMFantasticBeasts in less than 2 weeks, government guidance permitting. Remember to book your tickets to a magical day out: http://nhmlondon.org/FBTWON-6-May

We're made up to be reopening #NHMFantasticBeasts in less than 2 weeks, government guidance permitting. Remember to book your tickets to a magical day out: http://nhmlondon.org/FBTWON-6-May

The discovery of the burial of a small child in a cave in Kenya is providing new insights into the development of funera...
05/05/2021
Oldest human burial in Africa has been discovered in a cave in Kenya

The discovery of the burial of a small child in a cave in Kenya is providing new insights into the development of funerary practices of modern humans.

Dating to roughly 78,000 years old, the grave is the oldest human burial discovered in Africa to date.

Dating to roughly 78,000 years old, the grave is the oldest human burial discovered in Africa to date.

Ever wanted to explore the Museum after hours? Coming up after we reopen, we have some amazing opportunities to view our...
05/05/2021
Exhibition Evenings | Natural History Museum

Ever wanted to explore the Museum after hours? Coming up after we reopen, we have some amazing opportunities to view our latest exhibition offering - including Wildlife Photographer of the Year & #NHMFantasticBeasts - into the evening 🌃
Tickets are now available for 20 May, 27 May & 3 June - be sure to reserve your place!

Enjoy the Museum away from the crowds at our late-night exhibition openings.

Striking images, each with a powerful story. #UnforgettablePhotojournalism is a collection of exceptional images from Wi...
05/05/2021

Striking images, each with a powerful story.
#UnforgettablePhotojournalism is a collection of exceptional images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, taken by photographers skilled in storytelling and reportage. Order your copy: http://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-5-May

Striking images, each with a powerful story.
#UnforgettablePhotojournalism is a collection of exceptional images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, taken by photographers skilled in storytelling and reportage. Order your copy: http://bit.ly/NHM-Shop-5-May

04/05/2021
What was The Great Exhibition of 1851? | Live Talk with NHM Scientist

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park in London in 1851. It showcased science, technology, art and design from around the world and the success of the Exhibition led to the creation of a permanent Museums Quarter in London where the Natural History Museum stands today. Join Principal Curator Richard Sabin and Head of Conservation Lorraine Cornish in conversation with Alastair Hendry to celebrate 170 years since the opening of this historical event. Discover some of the objects that were on display there and the profound impact the exhibition had on science and society.

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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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