Delve into the rich past of the Natural History Museum, from wartime damage and departmental restructures to the people building and studying our vast collections.
An overview of the Museum's inception, from Hans Sloane's British Museum collections to Richard Owen's campaign for a dedicated museum of natural history in South Kensington.
Find out more about the history of our scientific departments, including major specimen acquisitions and the staff studying our collections.
Discover hundreds of exhibitions hosted by the Natural History Museum since its opening in 1881, and the changing face of galleries during periods of redevelopment and wartime.
From Richard Owen, the Museum's first Superintendent in 1881, to the effects of a major departmental restructure in 2012.
Meet some of the generous benefactors and dedicated collectors who built our vast collections.
Request information about the Museum Archive materials.
Browse or search online for Archive materials.
Learn about the key figures involved in the Museum's design and development, including Alfred Waterhouse and Sir Richard Owen.