Feel the power of the planet in this dramatic and atmospheric introduction to the Red Zone. The Visions of Earth gallery is on the ground floor.
A giant metallic globe presides over Visions of Earth with its avenue of sculptures. From Medusa and a cyclops to an astronaut and a scientist examining minerals, these sculptures depict key figures in the Earth's history and mythology. 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.
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.
Astronauts from the Apollo 16 mission, which landed on the Moon in 1972, brought back this piece of Moon rock.
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 lead to the near exhaustion of known sources.
Alfred Waterhouse took inspiration from these fossil leaf scars when he designed the pillar decorations in the Museum’s Waterhouse building.
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.