Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.
It will close on 5 January for a spectacular redevelopment, exploring humanity's relationship with the natural world.
Set to reopen in summer 2017, the space will feature new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our crucial role in protecting the planet.
It is just one part of our transformation into a Museum for the future.
Diving through the heart of the hall, a blue whale skeleton will become the central display, taking on the role held by our much-loved Diplodocus cast for the last 35 years.
It will be surrounded by other star exhibits - ten new display bays along the length of the hall, representing the full extent of the Museum's collections.
The Diplodocus skeleton
The Diplodocus skeleton cast will be on public view until 5 January. It will then be prepared for a UK tour, starting in 2018.
Explore the rest of the Museum
While Hintze Hall is closed, the rest of the Museum will be open to enjoy as usual.
The Museum has two entrances. Our Queen's Gate entrance is best for visiting Dinosaurs and is a five-minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines).
Our Exhibition Road entrance is best for Wildlife Photographer of the Year as well as Volcanoes and Earthquakes, and is a five-minute walk from South Kensington tube station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines).