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.

Myths and Monsters exhibition

Until 6 September
Free exhibition, suitable for all ages

Discover the truth behind unicorns, mermaids, dragons and other mythical animals in this exhibition. Get hands-on with replicas of the real creatures that inspired stories of strange beasts, and decide for yourself whether truth is stranger than fiction.

Toddler Tuesdays

Every term time Tuesday from 14.00
Free, suitable for under 5's

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

Buzzing Bees

16 July, with 30-minute craft workshops at 11.00 and 14.00
Tickets £2, messy play for under 5's

Kids can create and paint a beautiful bee, or just buzz around.

Icknield Sixteen Choral Concert

17 July 19.00–21.30
Tickets £10 (advanced booking required), suitable for all ages

Listen to the delights of the Icknield Sixteen choir in this light-hearted Museum fundraiser. Featuring sacred and secular choral pieces, comedy monologues and solos from accomplished local singers. Light refreshments also provided.

Coral Craft

21 July and 11 August, with 30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for all ages

Explore the world of corals and create a crafty animal to join our reef.

Snapping Sharks

23 July and 13 August with 30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Get up close to a real shark jaw and make a mini shark with a snap to match.

BioBlitz

25 July, drop-in 10.30–16.30
Free, suitable for all ages

Help us to record our local wildlife by taking part in real sampling with experts.

BioBlitz Bat Walk

25 July 21.00–22.30
Tickets £4.50 (advance booking required), for adults

Meet the Museum’s experts and delve into the world of bats. Discover how they're identified and help us spot which bats forage and roost at in the building.

Butterfly World’s Live Insects

29 July, drop-in 11.00–15.00
Free, suitable for all ages

Visit the Butterfly World stall to meet live insects and explore their world.

Butterfly World

30 July 19.00–20.00
Tickets £4.50 (advance booking required), for adults

A brief history of the origins and creation of Butterfly World. Discover how the original site has evolved over the first five years, how it is run and what the future holds.

Butterfly Feeders

30 July, 18 and 20 August, with 30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Make a tasty treat for your garden butterflies with this recycled butterfly feeder.

Monstrous Models

4 August and 25 August with 30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for all ages

Delve into the world of monsters and make your very own mini monster to take home.

Fossil Folklore

6 and 27 August with 30-minute handling workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Explore the legends that surrounded fossils when they were first discovered.

Loch Ness Monsters

10 September with 30-minute craft workshops at 11.00 and 14.00
Tickets £2, messy play for under 5's

Is it real? Is it a myth? Make your own Loch Ness Monster out of clay and you can decide.

Science Uncovered

25 September, drop-in from 18.00–22.00

Free, for adults

Join the Museum’s scientists in this annual late night event for adults, which has an Australian theme this year. Listen to expert talks, visit our pop-up bar, chat with scientists and enjoy the Museum's historic galleries at night.

The Tring 700 Photo Exhibition

Friday 9 October – Saturday 21 November
Free

Enjoy outstanding images of Tring selected from archives and entries to this year’s photographic competition. Organised by Tring and District Camera Club to celebrate 700 year anniversary since Tring was granted its market town charter.

Batty Masks

15 October, with 30-minute craft workshops at 11.00 and 14.00
Tickets £2, messy play for under 5’s

Get ready for Halloween by making a spectacular batty mask.

Big Draw

24 October – 1 November
Free, suitable for all ages

Explore the galleries to find clues on how to expertly draw our specimens.

Apple Feeders

27-28 October, with 30-minute workshops at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 14.30 and 15.00
Tickets £2, suitable for ages 5+

Treat your garden birds to a delicious apple feeder during this chilly season.

Apple Pressing and Juice Tasting

27 October, drop-in demonstrations from 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 learn about Hertfordshire’s Orchard Initiative as part of the annual Tring Apple Fayre.

Pumpkin Carving at the Museum

29 October, with 30-minute sessions at 17.30, 18.00 and 18.30
Tickets £3 (advance booking required), suitable for ages 5+

Join us and carve a spooky pumpkin to light your way through Tring Park with the Woodland Trust’s lantern walk. For more details, please email tringpark@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Museum by Torchlight

30 October 17.00–20.00
Free, suitable for ages 5+

Bring along your torch and set off on the trail for nocturnal creatures around the Museum. Fancy dress welcome.

How to book

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