About the Museum

Find out about the history of the Museum, our unrivalled collections and the work we do with our range of Museum related books.

Discover all our books about the Museum below.

  • A Guide to the Official Archives of the Natural History Museum, London cover
    A Guide to the Official Archives of the Natural History Museum, London

    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.

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    Alfred Waterhouse and the Natural History Museum

    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.

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    Annual Report for Science

    This free report is an annual review of the Museum's activities and finances, targets set and achieved, with lists of articles and books published by the Museum and its staff. It also includes lists of supporters.

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    Close-up

    See animals, plants and crystals in a whole new light in this stunning book, full of amazing images created by scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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    Dippy

    Meet Dippy, one of the world’s most famous dinosaur models, in this engaging tale of discovery and guide to one of the longest land animals ever to walk the Earth.

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    Images from Nature

    This book provides a rare glimpse at unexhibited artwork treasures held in the collections of the Natural History Museum.

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    Kids Only

    This colourful Museum guide has been designed especially for kids to enjoy at the Museum and at home. It is packed with fascinating facts and fun for all the family including puzzles, games and quizzes.

  • Life and Earth Sciences Collections: Curatorial Policies and Collections Management Procedures cover
    Life and Earth Sciences Collections

    The Life and Earth Sciences and Library Collections Curatorial Policies and Collections Management Procedures detail how the collections are managed, and where the delegation of authority and responsibility has been placed by the Trustees and Director.

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    Manuscripts and Drawings in the Ornithology and Rothschild Libraries of the Natural History Museum at Tring

    A unique collection of published and unpublished books, papers, drawings, watercolours and photographs from the Library of the Natural History Museum at Tring.

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    Museum of Life

    Museum of Life accompanies the major six-part BBC TV series of the same name. It goes behind the scenes at the Museum to reveal how our unrivalled collections and pioneering research help to define the world we live in.

  • Museum through a Lens cover
    Museum Through a Lens

    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.

  • Natural History Museum Souvenir Guide
    Natural History Museum Souvenir Guide

    Discover the amazing world of nature with our vibrant new Souvenir Guide. This fascinating exploration of the natural world is designed to reflect the power and diversity of nature through its absorbing text and stunning images.

  • Nature's Treasurehouse
    Nature’s Treasurehouse

    Nature's Treasurehouse takes you on a whirlwind journey through the history of the Natural History Museum, the people, the influences, the discoveries and much more.

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    Specimens

    Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum at some of the millions of specimens held in its collections, and find out why they are still so important to scientists today.

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    The Gilded Canopy

    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.

  • Natural History Museum at South Kensington
    The Natural History Museum at South Kensington

    A fascinating record of the story of one of Britain's best loved museums and one of the world's finest scientific institutions.

  • Treasures of the Natural History Museum
    Treasures of the Natural History Museum

    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.

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    Visitor Guide to the Natural History Museum at Tring

    Discover the wild, weird and wonderful with this colourful guide to the Natural History Museum at Tring.

  • Walter Rothschild: The Man, the Museum and the Menagerie
    Walter Rothschild

    This compelling biography reveals the extraordinary life of Walter Rothschild – the best known zoologist of his day and one of Britain’s great eccentrics.

  • Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum
    Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum

    Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum is an inspiration to anyone who wants to create a space for wild plants and animals.

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Museum of Life book

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Go behind the scenes with Museum of Life, the official book of the 6-part BBC Two series.

Find out about our innovative, dramatic and often surprising work and how our pioneering science research helps define the world we live in.

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