Step back in time through the pages of an ancient book, to a world inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures.
Discover the truth behind unicorns, mermaids and other mythical creatures.
Taking inspiration from Conrad Gesner’s 450-year-old Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals), considered to be the first modern zoological work, decide whether truth is stranger than fiction.
Get hands-on with replicas of the real animals that inspired stories of strange beasts, explore interactive displays, and marvel at beautiful hand-coloured woodcuts from Gesner's book.
Visiting during the week? We recommend arriving after 13.00 as Gallery 2 is also a teaching space in the mornings and may be unavailable for short periods.