The remarkable collections in the galleries of the Natural History Museum at Tring were once the private passion of its founder, Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild. The Rothschild family gifted the entire Museum and its collections to the nation in 1937. This section celebrates Walter Rothschild as scientist, collector and founder of the Museum.
Walter himself was a remarkable character. As well as collecting many thousands of mounted animals, he kept an astonishing variety of live animals in the grounds around the Museum and in Tring Park. He even used zebras to draw his carriage.
From the cassowary to the zebra, Lionel Walter Rothschild collected them all. He was fascinated by animals and dedicated his life to studying zoology.
Born into an international financial dynasty, Walter was destined to be famed as a zoologist and collector rather than a banker.
Walter Rothschild's work was just the beginning. The Museum's bird research collection was moved from London to Tring in the early 1970s and now attracts researchers from around the world.