Wildlife Garden

Get close to nature and London’s wildlife

The Wildlife Garden is open from 1 April to 3 November, from 10.00 until 17.00 daily. Enter via the Darwin Centre in the Orange Zone.

You can visit at other times by appointment. Contact the Central Hall information desk on +44 (0)20 7942 5011 to arrange this.

Escape the city and wander through the tranquil habitats of the Wildlife Garden, including woodland, meadow, pond and more. Make it part of your Museum visit.
See the different habitats on the Wildlife Garden map

The garden is a haven for 1000s of British plants and animals and demonstrates wildlife conservation in the inner city. Over 2,000 species have been identified in the Wildlife Garden since it opened in 1995.
Discover some of the garden species in our slideshow

Find out more about our British habitats

the Wildlife Garden in spring

What's new in the garden

Spring has well and truly sprung with cowslips in the chalk grassland area, wood anemones in our woodland areas, and daffodils, blackthorn, primroses and coltsfoot everywhere. Mallards have been visiting the pond and frog spawn has been spotted.

  • Beetlemania
    Beetlemania

    25 April 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    27 April 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we get up close and personal with the most diverse group of animals on the planet - beetles.

  • Springing Into Life
    Springing Into Life

    9 May 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    18 May 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover how important and busy this time of year is for wildlife.

  • Pond Life
    Pond Life

    24 May 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    25 May 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    31 May 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    7 June 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    21 June 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    5 July 2014 11:00 - 11:45,

    19 July 2014 11:00 - 11:45

    Discover the creatures living in the Museum pond with our Science educators.

  • Go Wild in the City with Fiona and Jo
    Go Wild in the City with Fiona and Jo

    29 May 2014 12:00 - 16:00

    Enjoy a feast of outdoor activities for city dwellers at this special book launch event.