Animals inside out, Captain Scott, 2012 Museum exhibitions

05 January 2012

From an exploration of the insides of animals and the last expedition of Captain Scott, to unseen treasures and wonderful wildlife photography, the Natural History Museum has some exciting new exhibitions for visitors this year.

Fossilised extinct plant Glossopteris indica helped reveal Antarctica was once part of a supercontin

Fossilised extinct plant Glossopteris indica collected on Scott's expedition helped to reveal Antarctica was once part of a supercontinent.

Scott’s Last Expedition exhibition

On 20 January visitors get to discover Robert Falcon Scott’s epic Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica in the exhibition Scott’s Last Expedition.

The exhibition goes beyond the journey to the South Pole and the death of the Polar Party, revealing powerful tales of endurance and celebrating the many scientific achievements made.

Real artefacts used by Scott and his team are reunited for the first time and visitors can walk around a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp hut that still survives in Antarctica today.

Animal Inside Out exhibition
Animal Inside Out plastinated ostrich

Animal Inside Out plastinated ostrich © Gunther von Hagens Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany

On 6 April visitors get a unique chance to explore the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures, in the Animal Inside Out exhibition. It is the UK premiere from the team behind Gunther von Hagens’ famous Body Worlds shows.

There will be more than 100 plastinated specimens on display, from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches. Visitors will get a glimpse of animal anatomy, an important tool scientists at the Museum use to help them learn about the evolution of animals. 

Treasures gallery

A new permanent gallery, Treasures, opens in November filled with the best of the Museum’s world-renowned collections. The specimens highlight not only their scientific value but also their historical, social and cultural worth.

On display will be the famous Archaeopteryx lithographica fossil, which showed that modern birds are the descendants of small meat-eating dinosaurs; the dinosaur teeth discovered by Mary Ann Mantell that inspired the theory that giant reptiles once walked the Earth; and a rare first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

Wild Planet exhibition
This dinosaur tooth helped inspire the idea that giant reptiles once walked the Earth

This dinosaur tooth helped inspire the idea that giant reptiles once walked the Earth. It will be on display in the new Treasures Cadogan Gallery.

From 23 March, the wildest landscapes and most endangered species will be showcased in a free outdoor exhibition running throughout the summer of the Olympics. Wild Planet will feature 80 classic shots from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition.

Animal Record-Breakers exhibition

And in the year of the Olympics, visitors can witness some incredible record-breaking spectacles in the free exhibition Animal Record Breakers at the Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire from 6 February. 

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