Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.
Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.
Inside it, you can wander among meteorites, mammals, fish, birds, minerals, plants and insects, and hear stories about the people whose work and ideas have shaped the Museum.
'Like the blue whale, these beautiful and intricate objects from nature are like wonderful works of art that showcase the incredible uniqueness and diversity of our natural world.' - Lorraine Cornish, Head of Conservation
Star specimens and exhibits
- a 25-metre blue whale skeleton, suspended in the air
- an American mastodon, the elephant’s Ice Age relative
- seaweeds, crucial to marine food chains and habitats, in an intricate underwater-forest arrangement
- a rock as old as the solar system
- an Atlantic blue marlin
- a 122-129-million-year-old Mantellisaurus, one of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever discovered in the UK
- a 120-year-old, 300-kilogramme Turbinaria coral
- fossil trees spanning hundreds of millions of years of the planet's history
- a 2.5-tonne banded iron formation recording the birth of life on Earth
Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around the displays.
The Museum's main entrance on Cromwell Road will be closed from 19-26 July and 6-10 August while we repair the building's facade.
Access is still available at the Exhibition Road entrance, or through the Darwin Centre via the East Lawn.
Discover Hintze Hall's exhibits
21 March 2018
The Museum's blue whale died 120 years ago, but the legend of its dramatic demise lives on in the minds of one family.
1 December 2017
What can antique corals reveal about the impact of climate change on the ocean?
3 August 2017
Find out how Museum scientists used a new technique to preserve this enormous blue marlin forever.
26 July 2017
The touchable, wavy folds of this rock tell a story as old as life on Earth.
13 July 2017
Algae grew on Earth long before the dinosaurs first appeared - but climate change could bring an end to their long tenure.
13 July 2017
Today, the Natural History Museum unveils the new star of its reimagined Hintze Hall, which begins the biggest transformation in its 136-year history.
13 July 2017
Join Museum scientists as they reflect on becoming part of this specimen's giant story.
5 July 2017
From touring spectacle to Museum star: hear the hidden history behind this ancient mammal skeleton.