John and Elizabeth Gould's watercolour bird drawings join the Museum collection
14 January 2019
A volume of historical bird illustrations has joined the Museum collections.
How did Baryonyx change what we knew about spinosaurs?
7 January 2019
Although spinosaurs were named in 1915, little was known about these giants until a 31-centimetre-long claw was discovered in the UK in 1983.
Attenborosaurus: a celebrity reptile
27 November 2018
This long-necked skeleton is Attenborosaurus, an extinct marine reptile named after legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
Patrick Campbell on being young and black in science
7 November 2018
When Patrick started caring for the Museum's fish specimens, he became one of the institution's first black curators.
The Museum at wartime
5 November 2018
During the Second World War a number of galleries in the Museum were commandeered by British spy networks. Explore the secret wartime history of the Museum, in photographs.
Who was Graman Kwasi?
4 October 2018
Though visitors can spot his namesake on the iconic gilded ceiling of the Museum's Hintze Hall, few will have heard of Graman Kwasimukambe.
Slavery and the natural world
2 October 2018
Explore research into how the Museum's history and collections are connected to the transatlantic slave trade.
Anning Rooms open to Museum Members
3 September 2018
New rooms for Members and Patrons of the Museum have been named in celebration of palaeontologist Mary Anning.
Daniel Solander: a Linnaean disciple on HMS Endeavour
24 August 2018
Meet the Swedish botanist who ventured around the world on Captain Cook's pivotal first voyage.
HMS Endeavour 250
17 August 2018
Discover rarely displayed illustrations and specimens from Captain Cook's first voyage.
Endeavour art collection highlighted on Royal Mail stamps
16 August 2018
Royal Mail has just launched Captain Cook stamps starring the Museum's collections.
Dinosauria: how the 'terrible lizards' got their name
18 July 2018
Did you know the word 'dinosaur' wasn't coined until 1842?
The incomparable tale of Evelyn Cheesman
29 March 2018
The adventures of a tenacious female explorer brought to life by comic artist Sammy Borras.
Quick, hide the dodo - the suffragettes are coming
23 March 2018
Museum archivist Laura Brown offers a peek behind-the-scenes at the Museum from 1912 to 1914, when suffragists were fighting for the vote.
Anna Atkins's cyanotypes: the first book of photographs
16 March 2018
Meet the first person to illustrate a book with photographic images.
Lucy Evelyn Cheesman: the woman who walked
8 March 2018
Whether liaising with cannibals or escaping giant spider webs, Cheesman took the challenges of perilous fieldwork - and patriarchal views - in her stride.
Helen Marguerite Muir-Wood: my Museum hero
Brachiopod curator Zoë Hughes celebrates the life and work of one of the Museum's great pioneering geologists.
In high spirits: meet Charles Darwin's octopus
12 February 2018
Brimming with enthusiasm for the natural world, even Charles Darwin didn't always get it right.
Dippy the Diplodocus begins UK tour
9 February 2018
Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton has been installed in Dorset, the first stop of a UK-wide tour.
Charles Darwin: history's most famous biologist
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) transformed the way we understand the natural world with ideas that, in his day, were nothing short of revolutionary.
Dippy the dino-star
30 January 2018
The story of Dippy the Diplodocus stretches back more than 100 years. Take a look at some memorable moments in pictures.
Documentary to reveal surprising face of Britain’s oldest complete human
24 January 2018
A television documentary will follow Museum scientists as they help deduce the astonishing facial appearance of Britain's oldest complete skeleton, Cheddar Man.
Explore Ferdinand Bauer's stunning scientific illustrations
17 January 2018
Ferdinand Bauer is regarded as one of the world's greatest natural history painters, and now his work is uniquely brought together for the first time.
Alice Roberts: How the Museum has inspired me
11 January 2018
TV presenter, author and academic Alice Roberts shares memories of the Museum and how it influenced her fascination with human evolution.
Biopic to highlight life of Mary Anning
11 December 2017
A feature film is to be made about the fossil hunter from Dorset.
Pioneering scientist Dorothea Bate receives blue plaque recognition
7 December 2017
Museum scientist Dorothea Bate now has a blue plaque to honour her contributions to the field of palaeontology.
The search for the real Iguanodon
3 July 2017
Discover how Iguanodon's true identity was finally revealed.
Newly redeveloped Hintze Hall to open 14 July
15 May 2017
The Museum's spectacular new central space will reopen on 14 July - and visitors can win an exclusive tour and be the first to experience it.
What's wrong with these dinosaurs?
13 April 2017
These popular dinosaur reconstructions from the 1960s are no longer scientifically accurate. Can you spot the errors?
Nature on our doorstep: the art of British natural history
17 March 2017
For more than 300 years, Britain's wildlife has captivated scientists and artists alike.
Weirdly wonderful: redisplaying cabinets of curiosities
16 March 2017
Resin deer lungs, a warthog and a pterosaur fossil are just a few of the curious specimens to be found in the new Hintze Hall.
The whale story: a delight to the eye
2 March 2017
One man forever changed the way curators showcase their largest and most eye-catching specimens – including blue whales.
A whale of a time capsule
23 February 2017
Discover how crumpled newspapers have turned a blue whale skeleton into a historical treasure trove.
Indexing Earth's wonders: a history of the Museum
17 April 2018
Find out how new developments will build on the Museum's history as an index of the natural world.
The whale story: Richard Owen
19 January 2017
Discover how whales were at the heart of the original proposal for a museum of natural history in Britain.
Taking Dippy down: the first steps
10 January 2017
Lorraine Cornish, Head of Conservation, prepares to dismante the Diplodocus skeleton.
Museum's oldest natural history book now accessible online
20 December 2016
The Museum's Library and Archives has digitised its oldest book, Historia Naturalis, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Duchess of Cambridge wishes Dippy good luck on his journey
22 November 2016
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attended a children's tea party at the Museum to wish Dippy the dinosaur good luck on his travels around the UK.
Dippy the dinosaur's UK tour venues announced
26 April 2018
Eight venues will host the Museum's Diplodocus skeleton on its tour of the country, including a cathedral, parliament building and community centre.
How to bring a dinosaur to life in technicolour
14 November 2016
Find out how scientists and a palaeoartist created a life-size model of Psittacosaurus featuring real colour patterns, and what this revealed about the dinosaur's life.