About us

The Museum exterior viewed from Cromwell Road

The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.

We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.

We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

History and architecture

Learn more about the Museum's history and how this iconic building was designed.


We are always looking for talented people to help maintain the Museum’s status as a renowned scientific institution and one of the UK's most popular visitor attractions.

The Urban Nature Project

We are championing urban nature in the UK.

Our Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is a Patron of the Museum. Find out about The Duchess' involvement with our work.

Our vision and strategy

We aim to challenge how people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. Read about our vision and strategy.


Find out about our management, funding, policies, procedures, Trading Company and freedom of information requests.

Visitor research and evaluation

Our Research and Evaluation team seeks to continually improve the visitor experience.

Annual reviews

The Museum is a top UK visitor attraction. Discover the range and relevance of our activities.

National impact

Discover how we work with partners to inspire learning and participation in science.

Reports and accounts

Financial information about the Museum and an overview of our activities year by year.