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Last chance to see…
Tessa Campbell Fraser: Sculpture and Works on Paper, closes 10 October
Wildlife Garden, closes 31 October

Visitors to the Natural History Museum still have time to discover central London’s wildest oasis before the Wildlife Garden closes its gates and Tessa Campbell Fraser’s exhibition of outdoor sculptures comes to an end.

The Wildlife Garden is the Natural History Museum’s only living exhibition and it opens to the public every year for the warmer months. This peaceful haven features oak woodland, lowland heath, chalk downland, hedgerow, pond and reedbed and visitors can take a guided walk to discover these fascinating habitats. With more than 300 species of native plants, the garden provides a stunning sample of the diverse environments found in British countryside.

The Museum’s grounds have also been home to artist Tessa Campbell Fraser’s large-size sculptures. These life-like bronzes include a family of three elephants, life-size hippos, a polar bear and a red stag deer. Many visitors this summer have been cooled down with an unexpected spray of water from the elephants’ trunks!

Tessa Campbell Fraser is one of the UK’s leading figurative sculptors. She studied her subjects extensively in their natural environments to capture their true character, as well as drawing inspiration from specimens in the Museum’s Mammals gallery. This exhibition is Tessa’s first solo show in a public gallery.

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Notes for editors 

  •  Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This has been greatly enhanced by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative, which offers visitors unique access behind the scenes at the Museum. Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.

Wildlife Garden information
Admission: free
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12.00–17.00
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Nearest tube: South Kensington

Tessa Campbell Fraser: Sculpture and Works on Paper information
Admission: free
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Monday–Friday,
020 7942 5011 Saturday and Sunday

If you would like to request images or further exhibition information, please contact:

Natalie Brooke, Sarah Hoyle or Becky Chetley
Tel: 020 7942 5654
Email:  (not for publication)

Issued September 2004