12 highlights of the Treasures gallery
Explore 12 highlights from the Treasures gallery spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history.
A royal lion skull, a Moon rock, a famous gorilla, even Darwin's pigeons: uncover some of the most extraordinary specimens in our collection.
3. The Birds of America
This one-metre page is from one of the world's most expensive books, John James Audubon's The Birds of America (1827-1838). There are only about 120 complete four-volume copies in the world, each containing 435 colour plates.
The Museum changes the page on display each month so the exquisite illustrations don't fade from light exposure.
10. Blaschka glass models
These models of marine invertebrates seem impossibly detailed, with every eye and tentacle rendered perfectly in glass. The fragile artworks were made by father-and-son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1876-1889, in a small room at home with basic equipment.
They used techniques no one has since been able to replicate.