Annual reviews

A staff member welcoming visitors to the Museum.

The year to April 2022 was extraordinary for the Museum. Despite over six weeks of closure, the Natural History Museum was the most visited museum or gallery in the UK.

We welcomed 2,381,681 visitors to the Museum at South Kensington and 87,321 visitors to the Museum at Tring.

Museum staff made great strides towards our strategic goals. Our digital audience has grown, our researchers have made valuable contributions to scientific research, and teams have secured funding to safeguard our collections far into the future.

Highlights include:

  • Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature developed in partnership with the BBC and Warner Bros., was seen by more than 135,000 visitors and was shortlisted for Partnership of the Year in the 2022 Museum & Heritage Awards.
  • Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It was shortlisted for Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year in the 2022 Museum & Heritage Awards and has already been seen by more than 600,000 visitors.
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 was seen by more than 87,000 visitors.
  • The Museum delivered a range of activities at COP26 in Glasgow. Over three days, we delivered more than 50 pieces of programming featuring 75 guest participants and reaching 11.8 million people online at The Nature Bar.
  • Museum scientists described 552 new species, including a dinosaur unlike anything seen before, worms from one of the most remote environments on Earth and jewel-like beetles. They also examined the Winchcombe meteorite.
  • We developed a tool called the Biodiversity Trends Explorer to track biodiversity change.
  • The Digital Collections Programme imaged 310,000 specimens, which means there is now more than five million specimens available on the Museum's Data Portal. There have been more than 30 billion records downloaded in more than 470,000 download events, as well as more than 1,700 scientific papers that cite the Museum's data.