Images of Nature

Common magpie watercolour by John Gerrard Keulemans

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See how artists and scientists view the natural world in more than 100 images from the Museum's collection in the Images of Nature gallery.

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

The gallery includes a temporary exhibition of themed artworks.

The Art of British Natural History

Our current exhibition, celebrating the richness and beauty of nature in the British Isles, is on display until July 2018.

It features original illustrations from the Museum Library's artwork collection, some of which have never been on public view before.

Enjoy images that show the fascinating variety of wildlife in Britain and the many different ways in which it has been studied, documented and depicted over the past 300 years. A new selection will be on show every four months.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • Barbara Nicholson's drawings of the major plant habitats of the British Isles
  • 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