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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights

25 November - 22 January

Free exhibition

See the compact version of this stunning annual exhibition, displaying winning images taken by photographers from around the globe.

Toddler Time

Every weekday in term time from 14.30

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

Owl Pellet Dissection

24 October at 10.15, 11.05, 14.30 and 15.20

Limited tickets available to buy on the day from the Museum shop.

Tickets £4, 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

Family event, 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.

Welly Wednesdays

2 and 16 November, 8 and 22 February

30-minute outdoor play session at 11.00 and 14.00

Tickets £2, messy play for under 5s

Behind the Scenes at Tring

10 November at 18.30 and 19.30

26 January at 11.00 and 15.00

Step into one of our collections areas for a 60-minute tour, and discover how our world-renowned bird research collection is used.

Tickets £10 (advance booking and photo ID required)

Life In The Coldest Place On Earth

3 December, 11.00-15.00

Join a member of the British Antarctic Survey to find out how scientists are making big discoveries about Earth from the Antarctic.

Free, suitable for all ages

Polar Bear Gallery Trail

3 December - 5 January

Explore the galleries and find hidden polar bears to win a chocolatey surprise

Suitable for all ages

Trail sheet £1

Reindeer Print Cards

8 December

30-minute craft workshop at 11.00 and 14.00

Tickets £2, messy play for under 5s

Wire Bird Making

8 December, 19.00–22.00

Get creative and join artist Zack from Paper and Wire to create a hand-sized bird out of craft wire.

Tickets £20, advance booking required through eventbrite.co.uk

Most suitable for adults

Wonderful Wings

19 January, at 11.00 and 14.00

30-minute craft workshop

Tickets £2, messy play for under 5s

Polar Expedition Specimen Tour

19 January, 19.00–20.00

Explore the rich history of Tring's polar specimens and uncover the extreme efforts that explorers went to in order to uncover these icy worlds.

Tickets £4.50 (advance booking required), most suitable for adults

The Stars Above: The Solar System

21 January, 18.30 – 20.00

Join local astronomers and Museum experts to discover the solar system with this special talk and observation event.

Most suitable for ages 7+

Tickets £6 adults, £4.50 children (advance booking required)

Tring Park Scavenger Hunt

13 and 17 February at 10.30 and 14.00

Two-hour activity, includes a 20-minute steep walk

Most suitable for ages 5+

Free (advanced booking required)

Investigate Birds

14 and 15 February

30-minute workshop at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00

Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Fluffball Dodos

16 February

30-minute workshop at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00

Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Hertfordshire Atlas Project

23 February 19.00-20.00

The Hertfordshire Atlas project aims to produce an up-to-date atlas for mammals, amphibians and birds.

Find out how local organisations have worked together, learn about current accomplishments and discover how local nature lovers can get involved.

Tickets £4.50 (advance booking required), most suitable for adults

How to book

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

Tickets can be booked in advance until 16.00 on the day before the event.

On the day of the event, any remaining tickets can be bought in the shop between 10.00 and 17.00.