Images of Nature

Rainbow lorikeets watercolour by Ferdinand Bauer

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See how artists and scientists view the natural world in 110 images from the Museum's collection in the Images of Nature gallery.

Spanning 350 years, historic prints, watercolours and paintings hang alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

The gallery includes a temporary exhibition of themed artworks. Our next exhibition, The Art of British Natural History, opens on 11 March 2017.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • Roelandt Savery's famous dodo painting, with a more scientifically accurate interpretation of the extinct bird by Julian Pender Hume
  • interactive screens, where you can explore a variety of artworks
  • a drawing wall, where you can contribute your own picture

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Scientific discovery through images

Tour highlights from the Museum's art collection and Imaging and Analysis Centre, in a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.


Help conserve the natural history art collection in our care