Museum information

We are a world-class visitor attraction and a leading science research centre. We welcome 5 million visitors a year.

Find out about the Museum's vision, collections and the work we do.

Our sites

The Museum looks after 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts at our site in South Kensington, our Museum at Tring and our storage facility in Wandsworth.

Our aim

We aim to share our knowledge by encouraging curiosity and enjoyment of the natural world and to inspire responsibility for the future of our planet.

Future vision

The Museum is a driving force for cutting-edge science. Following the opening of the Darwin Centre, there are plans for new permanent galleries, improvements to the Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall), better care of our collections, and exciting new business ventures.

Museum staff

There are approximately 850 staff at the Museum. The two largest strategic groups are the Public Engagement Group and Science Group.

Public Engagement Group: about 350 staff look after the Museum's public offer, such as exhibitions, talks, educational activities, membership and commercial services.

Science Group: consists of four departments: Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Science facilities, and Library and Archives. Science Group employs around 400 scientific researchers, curators and other staff.

As well as looking after the collection of 70 million specimens, our scientists research a huge variety of subjects including taxonomy, human origins, natural resources, evolution, biodiversity and the solar system.

International scientific collaboration

The Science Group collaborates internationally on research, collections and information resources, helping to improve work in conservation and sustainable development. It has one of the world's leading science libraries and is active in developing new databases and information resources.

For more information on their work browse the science departments in Research and Curation: