Exhibitions at Tring

The Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire

Myths and Monsters runs 8 May - 6 September 2015
  • 8 May – 6 September 2015

    Monday-Saturday 10.00–17.00
    Sunday 14.00–17.00

  • The Walter Rothschild building
    Akeman Street, Tring
    Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP

  • Free. No need to book, just turn up.

Step back in time through the pages of an ancient book to a world inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures in a new exhibition, Myths and Monsters.

Discover the truth behind unicorns, mermaids and other mythical creatures. Decide whether truth is stranger than fiction in this exhibition inspired by Conrad Gesner’s 450-year-old Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals), considered to be the first modern zoological work.

Get hands-on with replicas of the real animals that inspired stories of strange beasts, explore interactive displays, and marvel at beautiful hand-coloured woodcuts from Gesner's book.

Many of the Myths and Monsters exhibits were generously donated by the Natural History Museum London, which has a similar exhibition of the same name that tours the world.

Visiting during the week? We recommend arriving after 13.00 as Gallery 2 is also a teaching space in the mornings and may be unavailable for short periods.

Science Uncovered 25 September 2015
  • Friday 25 September 2015


  • The Walter Rothschild building
    Akeman Street, Tring
    Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP

See cutting-edge science up close and meet the people who make it happen at Science Uncovered, our free annual science festival.

On 25 September, science institutions across Europe are throwing open their doors to celebrate European Researchers' Night – a celebration of science across the continent.

At the Natural History Museum of Tring, you can join The Quest for the Tasmanian Tiger. The last living Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger died in 1936, but rumours of its existence persist to this day. Could this mysterious animal have survived in the wilderness of Tasmania, or is it as dead as a dodo?

Our Last of the Species event presents some of the Museum's rarest specimens and discusses our work with this unique collection. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 79 mammals have become extinct in the last 500 years and many more are still under threat. The Museum's collections can represent the last chance for us to learn more about these species.

We also have some six-legged creatures for you to discover in our Insects are Amazing feature. Meet Giant Prickly Stick Insects from Australia, try our Bug Zoom Game challenge and learn about the fascinating lives of insects from around the world.

If you're after a more relaxed evening, head to our pop-up Quadrangle Bar where you'll find Tring Brewery beers, local ciders, wine and soft drinks. You can also listen to a variety of presentations from Museum scientists in the bar while you enjoy a drink.

The European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.