Life in the Dark

Header image for the family exhibition Life in the dark

Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean.

Get up-close to specimens with fascinating adaptations and find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators.

Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell.

Enter the shadows of a bat cave and explore an underground world of cave-dwelling creatures with remarkable adaptations.

Come face-to-face with anglerfish, vampire squid and other creatures from the deep sea and lose yourself in the otherworldly beauty of bioluminescence.

Top things to see and do:

  • Encounter live Mexican blind cave fish that don't need eyes to navigate.
  • See yourself through the eyes of a cave boa.
  • Touch and explore real specimens of familiar nocturnal creatures.
  • Enjoy breathtaking live footage from the deep sea.
  • Find out what makes the Sun-shy cave crocodile turn orange.
  • See the large-eared, enigmatic fennec fox.
  • Discover the curious adaptations of a dragonfish.
  • Listen to a symphony of nocturnal sounds and identify the creatures that make them.
  • Hear from Museum scientists making discoveries about unknown creatures.


Braille books and large-print guides are available in the exhibition.

Other access provisions can be made available with advance notice.

Find out more about accessing the Museum.

Getting here

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum's Exhibition Road entrance. 

Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum.


  • 13 July 2018 until 6 January 2019

  • Online

    Adult £11.50

    Children (under 16) Free

    Concession £7.50


    On the door

    Adult £12.50

    Child (under 16) Free

    Concession £8.50


    Free for Members, Patrons, Children (under 16) and Disability Personal Assistants.

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