Learn about the history and development of natural science and discover arresting artworks from the Museum’s unrivalled natural history art collection.
Find out more about our art and history books below.
This book provides a fascinating introduction to the archives deposited up until 1975 including scientific research, curation, exhibition production, education, publishing, building maintenance and internal management.
Mark Girouard explores the history of the design and building of one of London's most outstanding pieces of architecture - the Natural History Museum at South Kensington.
This stunning book uses previously unpublished material from the Library of the Natural History Museum to reveal the fascinating story of Church's life and work.
Featuring works by many of the greatest natural history artists, this is an astonishing visual record of the exploration of parts of the natural world that had never previously been documented.
Birds: The Art of Ornithology is an outstanding selection of images from the famous archive of the Natural History Museum, including exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists ever published.
Chinese art and the Reeves Collection is a selection of some of the finest examples of Chinese natural history drawings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many of which have never been published before.
See animals, plants and crystals in a whole new light in this stunning book, full of amazing images created by scanning electron microscope (SEM).
This timely week-to-view diary is published to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. Every week there is a specially selected full-page illustration as well as entries reflecting the important dates or landmarks from Darwin’s life.
This work provides a comprehensive reference source of British and Irish botanists and horticulturalists over the past four centuries. The book also includes plant collectors, flower painters and for the first time garden designers.
This collection of five American herbaria is reproduced on microfiche and includes works and specimens produced and collected by some of the greatest American naturalists.
This book is for all photographers, amateur or professional, who would like to learn more about how to capture images of wildlife and the environment.
A highly readable introduction to the causes of extinction, the different types of extinction and how relevant it is to the world today.
The British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace set out for the Amazon in 1848 to collect natural history specimens. During his time there, he spent almost two years travelling up the Rio Negro, a region few Europeans had explored.
This book provides a rare glimpse at unexhibited artwork treasures held in the collections of the Natural History Museum.
A unique collection of published and unpublished books, papers, drawings, watercolours and photographs from the Library of the Natural History Museum at Tring.
Visit the Natural History Museum – 100 years ago. Featuring stunning black-and-white photographs from the Museum's archives, this book offers a real flavour of life at one of London's oldest and most famous visitor attractions.
This week-to-view diary features remarkable images from past Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions.
Nature's Connections gives an absorbing account of the development of natural history that will enrich everyone's understanding and enjoyment of the subject.
This unique collection includes 4,679 important, and often rare, reference works in plant taxonomy, available by phytogeographic regions.
Through botanical paintings and insightful essays, Potted Histories examines the fascinating history of plants and flowers. Over 20 plant families are profiled, including cacti, daffodils, iris, magnolias, poppies, roses, tulips and water lilies.
A beautifully told, impeccably researched and stunningly illustrated account of the epic race to the South Pole, featuring images that have never been published before.
This lavishly illustrated book reveals the intriguing tale of eighteenth-century discoveries from the Americas, Australia and Africa through the work of the naturalist painter Sarah Stone.
Scott's Last Expedition tells the story of Robert Scott's historic and momentous expedition to the South Pole, the characters who were a part of it and their incredible feats of endurance.
The Art and Science of William Bartram is a fascinating insight into the life, travels, and drawings of one of America’s most important natural historians who inspired a whole generation of young scientists and field naturalists.
A special edition boxed set featuring some of the most brilliant bird paintings of all time from John James Audubon's nineteenth century masterpiece, The Birds of America.
Beautiful images of Indian natural history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Features remarkable images from the historic First Fleet expedition, including rare drawings of the local indigenous population and some species that are now extinct or very rare.
A complete edition of Audubon’s classic work, Birds of America, one of the best known natural history books ever produced.
An eBook version of Audubon’s nineteenth-century masterpiece, created by photographing a rare, original copy using the latest digital technology.
This beautifully illustrated book looks at the different roles cats have played in human life and also describes the various modern pedigree breeds – from short-haired tabby to long-haired Persian – which have evolved from the original wild cat.
How can a major art collection be on full display to the public, yet never be noticed? The answer is that it is on the ceiling.
An in-depth guide to species extinctions and their many causes and impacts, by Museum expert Norman MacLeod.
This selection is made from the surviving 6,000 letters which Banks wrote, and will introduce many readers to a deeply impressive figure, who is rapidly being recognized as one of the great men of his age.
Treasures of the Natural History Museum is a stunning celebration of the best of the Museum’s unrivalled collections, with intriguing stories and sumptuous photographs throughout.
This book explores the fates of whales and dolphins and how they became intertwined with human history. The story begins over 1000 years ago when hunters first took up harpoons and went to sea in search of the rich rewards of meat, oil and whalebone.
Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the world’s most significant natural history expeditions.
Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the most significant natural history expeditions.
This compelling biography reveals the extraordinary life of Walter Rothschild – the best known zoologist of his day and one of Britain’s great eccentrics.
This is the latest memorable collection of images from the prestigious annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition featuring all winning and highly commended photographs from the 2010 competition.
Presenting the very best wildlife images of 2011, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 21 is the latest memorable collection of photographs from this hugely popular series.
This powerful collection of photographs comprises all the winning images in the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition.
The Museum’s 2011 week-to-view diary features stunning photographs of the natural world from past years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The Museum’s 2012 week-to-view diary features stunning photographs of the natural world from past years of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The Museum’s 2013 week-to-view diary features striking photographs of the natural world from past years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The Museum’s 2011 week-to-view pocket diary features stunning photographs of the natural world from past years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The Museum’s 2012 week-to-view pocket diary features stunning photographs of the natural world from past years of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The Museum’s 2013 week-to-view pocket diary features striking photographs of the natural world from past years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Wild Planet is a unique collection of arresting images from past years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – the international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects.
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You can also buy other books, DVDs and lots of gifts inspired by the natural world.
Enjoy beautiful natural history art from the Museum’s own collections, in our new book Chinese art and the Reeves Collection.
The book brings together some of the finest examples of Chinese natural history drawings, many of which have never before been published. It accompanies a temporary display in the Museum’s unique new Images of Nature gallery.
View astonishing images of the natural world from 3 centuries of global exploration in our Voyages of Discovery book.
Follow in the footsteps of Darwin, Cook, Sloane and other explorers for a fascinating account of human achievement and natural wonder.