About the exhibition

About the exhibition

  • The Columbian mammoth, one of the largest species of mammoth, takes centre stage in the exhibition. Its tusks could grow up to 4.8m long!

  • Ancient relatives of mammoths go head to head in mighty displays, with tusks and trunks of many shapes and sizes.

  • Baby Lyuba, the most complete mammoth ever found, makes her UK debut in our exhibition. She was found in Siberia and is thought to have died 42,000 years ago.

  • Get close to life-size models of a sabre-toothed cat and giant short-nosed bear. The sabre-toothed cat was one of the most successful predators of mammoths.

  • Can you use your trunk to pick up dinner? Have fun with the mechanical trunk and lots more mammoth challenges in the exhibition.

  • Examine ice age skulls from North America and discover the animals that would have lived at the same time as Columbian mammoths.

  • To survive in cold habitats, woolly mammoths evolved outer guard hair and warm undercoats of fur, seen here. Some grew to almost 1m in length.

  • American mastodons date back two million to 12,000 years ago. Although similar to mammoths, their skulls, tusks and teeth evolved differently.

Start your exhibition journey in an ancient time when mammoths roamed the land. Find out about the latest research into extinction and the conservation of their precious cousin, the elephant. 

Taking photographs: Please don’t take pictures of Lyuba, she is too fragile. The Columbian mammoth and giant short-faced bear make great alternatives.

Mammoths great and small

Explore some of the best-known species, including the infamous woolly mammoth, the spiral-tusked Columbian mammoth and their island-dwelling relative, the dwarf mammoth. Meet baby Lyuba, the most complete mammoth ever found.

Discover prehistoric giants such as the mastodon, the fearsome sabre-tooth cat and the giant short-faced bear. Find out about their behaviour and environment and how they evolved.

Mammoth challenges

Imagine life as a mammoth. Test your skill at tusk jousting, trunk swinging and feel the weight of food these beasts consumed every day - equivalent to 230 bags of sugar.

'Rare glimpse of original skeletons'

Museum mammoth expert Professor Adrian Lister, introduces the exhibition:

'These amazing creatures were not only giants of the Ice Age, but the science behind their incredible lives is still relevant to the natural world today.'

This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago.

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