The Museum is planning an ambitious transformation of its outdoor spaces to create the best possible experience for our 5.5 million annual visitors.
More than half of the world’s population now lives in urbanised areas, giving urban green spaces an ever more important role in connecting us to the natural world.
The new designs will connect our outdoor spaces and support
From 2023, our existing wildlife garden will be
The proposal echoes the principles of the original Waterhouse building, with extinct species represented in the east and living species in the west.
The corner of Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road is the entrance to the site for many visitors arriving from South Kensington tube station. A beautiful square will offer visitors a place to sit, eat and relax while enjoying the Museum’s surroundings.
On the east side of the
To the west of the Museum, our existing wildlife garden will be expanded to cover a space three times its current size. This dedicated green space will create sustainable new habitats and allow visitors to feel closer to nature within the city.
The project team
Niall McLaughlin Architects, with Kim Wilkie, were selected to transform the Natural History Museum’s outdoor areas through a competition run in autumn 2014. They have worked with the Museum to create an innovative design that complements the Waterhouse building and Darwin Centre.
The design for the grounds has been granted planning permission.
The Museum will be inviting neighbouring institutions and residents to regular briefings as the design develops.
'We are prioritising nature, recognising the value of urban green spaces for both wildlife and human wellbeing.
'By creating an inspirational outdoor experience for all to enjoy, the living natural world becomes an integral part of visiting the Museum for more than five million people a year.'
- Sir Michael Dixon, Museum Director