Collections

The Museum is home to the largest and most important natural history collection in the world, with over 70 million specimens ranging from microscopic slides to mammoth skeletons. It also offers an array of educational, electronic and exhibition resources.

Researchers are using the collections to study the diversity of the natural world, past and present.

Museum scientists are researching 

  • the planet's plants, animals and microbes  
  • the processes shaping the world around us 
  • our solar system

Online collections

Anemone pavonina, a flowering Mediterranean plant species
Botanical specimens

Search the Museum's digital collections for botanical specimens.

Goliathus goliathus, goliath beetle
Entomology specimens

Search the digital collections for entomological specimens held at the Museum.

Gold
Mineralogy specimen database

Search for specimens held in the Museum's mineralogy collections.

Pentremites sulcatus, a fossil blastoid
Palaeontology specimen database

Search the palaeontology database for specimens held in the Museum's palaeontology collections.

Pufferfish
Zoological specimens database

Search the Museum's digital collections for zoological specimens.

The works of Charles Darwin
Library catalogue

Search online for books, maps, artworks, manuscripts, periodicals and photographs.

Chimpanzee skeleton, 1907.
Museum Archives catalogue

Browse or search for Archive materials, including photographs, correspondence and expedition diaries.

The priceless Blaschka glass models are on display in our Treasures gallery, alongside 21 other exceptional objects from the Museum's vast collections.