What's in the exhibition
Explore more than 200 specimens and objects, including lifelike models of a Neanderthal and a Homo sapiens, specially commissioned for the exhibition.
As you meet the earliest occupants of what we now call Britain, a landscape emerges of a lost world where mammoths, elephants and rhinos roamed freely. It's hard to believe that around 125,000 years ago, lions lived in Trafalgar Square and hippos swam in the Thames.
Amazing archaeological discoveries
Incredible finds from sites around Britain such as Kent's Cavern in Devon, Pontnewydd in North Wales and Happisburgh in Norfolk, reveal what life was like in ancient Britain
See a skull from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, the oldest wooden spear in the world, the largest hand axe in Europe and other remarkable objects from our past.
The human story today
In the last section of the exhibition, find out what six well-known figures, including Bill Bailey and Alice Roberts, discovered about their own genetic ancestry by having their DNA analysed.
See how we all fit into a wider human family tree, which includes our extinct Neanderthal cousins and how we got here out of Africa.Book tickets