Building a Museum for the future

An artist's impression of how the new Museum grounds will look

We are creating a Natural History Museum for the future. Find out about our plans to transform how, where and when you can experience our work and collection.

We’re entering an exciting era of discovery, where our connections to the natural world past and present are enabling us to shape its future more than ever.

From sparking curiosity in a young visitor to informing international debate and decision-making, the Museum's collections, pioneering science and global reach place it at the heart of the world's changing story.

That's why the next five years will see a series of landmark projects. They will transform how you can experience the Museum and our work to ensure a truly connected future for the planet.

Read our strategy to 2020

The Museum’s purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world - its past, present and future. 

The blue whale in Hintze Hall

Hintze Hall redevelopment

The Museum's main hall has been redeveloped and now features a blue whale skeleton diving through the heart of the space.

The new displays reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our role in the planet's future.

Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton

Dippy on tour: a natural history adventure

Dippy, the Museum's iconic Diplodocus skeleton, will embark on a three-year UK tour in early 2018. The skeleton will visit eight locations including a cathedral, a parliament building and a community centre.

The tour aims to inspire a new generation of scientists and connect the nation with nature. Each partner institution will use Dippy's visit to showcase their local nature and natural history collections. 

A vision of the new Museum grounds

The grounds transformation

From 2023, the grounds surrounding the famous Waterhouse building will become a series of living outdoor galleries, giving visitors new opportunities to connect with the natural world beyond the Museum's walls.

A tray of butterflies in the digitisation project

Digital vision

The Museum's collection of 80 million specimens is one of the world's greatest scientific resources. It was built over centuries and represents 4.5 billion years of the solar system and life on Earth.

Today, digitisation is breathing new life into the collection and enabling collaboration on a global scale. Researchers everywhere can access our data to better understand the natural world as we seek answers to the big questions about life on our planet.

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