Green Zone trail

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Galleries and Museum map

Discover what you can see and do in our other galleries, and find out how to get around with our Museum map.

Time: one – two hours
Audience: everyone

Are you big on visiting museums, but short on time? Then this tour of the Museum’s Green Zone is for you. Designed by our knowledgeable visitor assistants, it will introduce you to the ideas of Charles Darwin, the Museum’s hidden treasures and Guy the gorilla.

Hintze Hall

Walk past Hope the blue whale and up the stairs to our statue of Charles Darwin. To your right you will find a portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace, who independently discovered evolution by natural selection at the same time as Darwin. The pair formally announced their theory to the scientific community in a co-authored paper in 1858, and our artworks pay tribute to their scientific discovery.

Treasures

Look to your right and you will see our ever-popular western lowland gorilla, Guy, standing watch over the Museum’s Treasures gallery. You will also find an array of spectacular specimens, including:

  • a dodo skeleton
  • a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species
  • an emperor penguin egg collected during Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expedition

Minerals

When leaving Treasures, take the stairs to the second floor and marvel at part of a giant sequoia tree, paintings on the ceiling of plant specimens and the view of Hintze Hall. To your right you will find our Minerals gallery, which has remained virtually untouched since the Museum opened in 1881, and contains:

  • a glow-in-the-dark fluorescent minerals display just outside the gallery
  • a 200-year-old iron meteorite that weighs more than 1,400 pounds
  • The Vault, which contains the Tissint meteorite – the largest Martian meteorite in the Museum

Creepy Crawlies

Go back down the stairs to Hintze Hall's ground floor level and follow the signs to our Creepy Crawlies gallery, where you can enjoy:

  • a leafcutter ant colony – one of the Museum’s few live specimens
  • a life-size model of a termite mound
  • a cabinet of crustacean curiosities

Fossil Marine Way

Walk along Fossil Marine Way and marvel at the many fossils on display, including:

  • Plesiosaurs
  • Ichthyosaurs
  • a giant sloth

Birds

This popular gallery has many Museum favourites that you can discover for yourself, such as:

  • an Archaeopteryx fossil
  • a dodo skeleton
  • hummingbirds

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