Our work

Scientist soil sampling in St Andrews bay, Antarctica

A Museum scientist soil sampling in St Andrews Bay, Antarctica, surrounded by king penguins

Museum scientists are researching the solar system, Earth’s geology and life in novel ways, using the unique combination of their expertise, collections and cutting-edge techniques.

Digital Museum

We are digitising 20 million specimens from our collections. All digital data is accessible through our new Data Portal.

Origins, evolution and futures

Studying our natural history specimens reveals the past, present and future of life, the solar system and Earth.


We are creating molecular and digital tools to explore undiscovered biodiversity in megadiverse systems.


We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements.

Science, society and skills

We are developing citizen science and training activities to inspire the next generation.