Hintze Hall

a view from the balcony of Hintze Hall

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Welcome to the Museum's spectacular central hall and the gateway to our collection and galleries.

Hintze Hall's cathedral-like structure is a stunning backdrop to Museum highlights, including the 1,300-year-old giant sequoia, Darwin's statue, our Diplodocus skeleton cast, woolly mammoth skull and tusks, and the coelacanth.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • painted ceiling panels and terracotta ornaments, including the popular climbing monkeys
  • a Glyptodon, the extinct giant relative of the modern armadillo
  • a chimpanzee skeleton once thought to explain pygmies
  • the three-metre-tall giant moa model commissioned by Walter Rothschild
  • a giant cluster of interlocking gypsum crystals

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