Earth Hall

Feel the power of the planet in this dramatic and atmospheric introduction to the Red Zone. The Earth Hall is on the ground floor.

Earth Hall closure

The Earth Hall and globe escalator in the Red Zone will be closed from 16 November - 4 December while we install an exciting new display. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Entering the Museum at the Exhibition Road entrance? Use the Earth Today and Tomorrow gallery to access the Blue, Green and Orange Zone galleries (including Hintze Hall and Dinosaurs).

Use the stairs or lift to reach the upper Earth galleries, including Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Visions of Earth, an introduction to the Earth Galleries.

A giant metallic globe presides over the Earth Hall.

Visitors can ascend the globe escalator to the Red Zone's upper galleries. Surrounding it the towering walls, adorned with a celestial map, put our planet in its heavenly context.

See glowing wall displays under the globe and get ready for an exciting new exhibit coming later in the year.

Sulphur, charcoal and saltpetre.

Below the towering globe escalator, look out for the glowing wall displays. Glimpse amazing minerals, rocks and fossils, like these ingredients of gunpowder. Sulphur, charcoal and saltpetre are responsible for changing the history of warfare, as well giving fireworks their bang.

Piece of Moon rock.

Astronauts from the Apollo 16 mission, which landed on the Moon in 1972, brought back this piece of Moon rock.

Blue John

This semi-precious stone is a variety of flourite known as Blue John and it is unique to one location in Derbyshire. Its beautiful appearance has made it popular for carving decorative objects and jewellery, but has also led to the near exhaustion of known sources.

 Fossil leaf scars.

Alfred Waterhouse took inspiration from these fossil leaf scars when he designed the pillar decorations in the Museum’s Waterhouse building.

A Mastodon skull.

A Mastodon skull, with a hole in the centre of its head, may have given rise to the legend of a race of one-eyed giants. That’s why a statue of one such cyclops presides over our specimen.