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.

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.

Stegosaurus in the Earth Hall

Our new Stegosaurus skeleton is one of only about six in the world and this is the best example. It died as a young adult 150 million years ago and was discovered in Wyoming, USA in 2003.

The specimen is almost complete and scientists hope it will help them learn more about the lives of stegosaurs, such as how they moved, how they ate and what they used their back plates for.

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.