What's on at Tring

The Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire

The atmospheric Gallery 6 at Tring

The Natural History Museum at Tring was built in 1889 to house the incredible zoological collections of Walter Rothschild.

Discover animal specimens from all over the world here, from tiny beetles to enormous bears, and explore our exhibitions and events.

Download our latest events leaflet or sign up to our emails for a guide to upcoming exhibitions, events and nature-inspired activities at Tring.

Humans in Ancient Britain

28 July - 6 November

Free family exhibition

Discover a story that stretches back over thousands of years and explore a lost world inhabited by our ancestors. See incredible specimens, from a rare Neanderthal skull to a massive mammoth bone that was discovered near Tring.

Toddler Time

Every weekday in term time from 14.30

Borrow something special and help your toddler explore and play around the Museum.

Fossil Fabrication

26 and 27 July, at 10.30 and 14.30

Tickets £4 (advance booking required), most suitable for ages 5+

45-minute handling and craft activity. Take a close look at fossils, then make one of your own from clay.

Tribal Den Building

28 July, at 10.15 and 14.00

Free (advance booking required), most suitable for children aged 5+

Two-hour activity, including a 20-minute steep walk. Create dens, wear tribal make up and communicate with tribal calls.


Animal Pendants

2, 3 and 4 August, at 10.30, 11.15 and 14.30

Tickets £2, most suitable for ages 5+

Make a tribal animal pendant out of clay. 30-minute craft activity.

The Big Bug Hunt

9 August at 10.30 and 14.00

Tickets £4 (advance booking required), most suitable for children aged 5+

Join the search for minibeasts as we go bug hunting and pond dipping.

A craft activity is also included. 

1.5-hour outdoor activity, in association with College Lake.

Ice Age Animal Masks

10, 11, 24 and 25 August, at 10.30, 11.15 and 14.30

Tickets £2, most suitable for children aged 5+

Transport yourself back to the ice age and make an animal mask.

30-minute craft workshop.

A Mammoth Day Out at College Lake

17 August, 11.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4, suitable for families (advance booking required with College Lake)

Join the Tring team at College Lake to discover the creatures that lived there thousands of years ago. See real mammoth remains, get involved with creative activities, and explore the reserve. 

Prehistoric Detectives

17 and 18 August at 10.3 and 14.30

Tickets £4 (advance booking required), most suitable for children aged 5+

Explore outdoors, handle specimens and compete a tracking challenge by following clues.

60-minute outdoor activity and specimen handling.

The Big Bug Swish at College Lake

23 August, 10.00 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 14.30

Tickets £4, most suitable for ages 6+ (advance booking required with College Lake)

Join the Tring team at College Lake to investigate the weird and wonderful bugs that live there. Enjoy pond exploring, meadow sweeping, and a craft activity.

Ice Age Cave Art

30 and 31 August and 1 September

30-minute craft activity at 10.30, 11.15 and 14.30

Tickets £2, most suitable for children aged 5+

Handle ice age animals and help to create a cave drawing.


Welly Wednesdays

Every first and third Wednesday in September and October at 11.00 and 14.00

Tickets £2, messy play for under 5s

30-minute outdoor play session, with a different activity each month.

Tring Heritage Weekend

10 and 11 September

Tring town walk, 14.00 - 16.00

Tring Park walk, Saturday 10.30 - 12.30, Sunday 14.00 - 16.00

Free (advance booking required), suitable for adults

Explore the Rothschilds' family history and their influence on the local area. Enjoy a short talk at the Museum and join the Woodland Trust or the Local History Museum for a walk around the local area.

Science Uncovered European Researchers' Night

30 September, 18.00 - 22.00

Free, drop-in, suitable for adults

Join Museum scientists and researchers at this annual event. Enjoy expert talks, visit our pop-up bar, chat one-to-one with scientists and experience the historic galleries by night.

Prehistoric Cannibalism in Europe

20 October, 19.00 - 20.00

Tickets £4.50 (advance booking required)

Join human evolution expert and Museum researcher Silvia Bello to learn how cannibalism was practiced by hominins during the last one million years.

Owl Pellet Dissection

24 October at 10.15, 11.05, 14.30 and 15.20

Tickets £4 (advance booking required), most suitable for ages 5+

Investigate what barn owls have been eating by dissecting their pellets.

Apple Bird Feeders

25 and 27 October

Tickets £2, most suitable for children aged 5+

30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00.

Treat the birds in your garden to a delicious apple feeder.

Apple Pressing and Juice Tasting

25 and 27 October, 10.30 - 15.30

Free, suitable for all ages

Have a go at making freshly squeezed apple juice the traditional way. Press apples from local orchards and find out about the Hertfordshire’s Orchard Initiative as part of the annual Tring Apple Fayre.


The Big Draw: Our Big Bird is Back

26 October, 10.00 - 16.00

Free, suitable for all ages

Celebrate the return of our giant moa by helping to create a massive masterpiece.

Museum by Torchlight

28 October, 17.00 - 20.00

Suggested donation £2 per person, face painting £2

Suitable for children ages 5+

Dress up and bring your torch for a spooky time in the galleries where you can add to your costume with ghostly animal face paint.

How to book

For information and tickets call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6163. Lines are open Monday-Friday, 10.00-16.00.