Hintze Hall

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

Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around the displays.

  

Main entrance closure

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.

Get the full experience

Explore the Museum's highlights, find out what's on, and where to rest and recharge.

Audio descriptions

Hintze Hall - ground floor

Audio description and orientation.

41:16, MP3 (37.8MB)

Hintze Hall - first floor

Audio description and orientation.

40:28, MP3 (37.1MB)

Experience the blue whale

Can't make it to the Museum? Explore the whale's rich history in the interactive online experience.

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Hintze Hall's hidden masterpiece

Discover the ceiling of Hintze Hall with an interactive gigapixel photo, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture

Discover Hintze Hall's exhibits