Extinct giants

The Museum’s founder, Richard Owen, was a world-famous palaeontologist and one of the pre-historic animals he identified is the Megatherium, the giant ground sloth. Owen’s desire to display large specimens like this dictated the scale of the museum.

The Museum’s busy Palaeontology Department stores our fossil collections.

  • Photo of a terracotta ornament
    Terracotta highlights

    The Ecology Gallery, off Waterhouse Way, is an excellent location to see some of Waterhouse's terracotta ornaments.