13 ways to be brave at the Museum
We've teamed up with Roald Dahl to celebrate Roald Dahl Day on Friday 13 September. Be brave just like Matilda and go on an adventure around the galleries.
Take on a T. rex
Stomp your way through the Dinosaurs gallery and take on a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex. It's one of the largest carnivores ever to have walked Earth.
Peek at a python
Look past their slippery nature and discover the amazing anatomy of the Indian python's (Python molurus) backbone in the Fishes, Amphibians & Reptiles gallery.
Face danger in the field
It's not all lab work at the Museum. Our scientists visit deserts, rainforests and the Arctic. Some even went to Wyoming to dig for dinosaurs.
Stare down a scorpion
There are creepy crawlies of all sizes in the collection including a larger-than-life scorpion. Face your fears head-on in the Creepy Crawlies gallery.
Team up with a trailblazer
Find out about some of the trailblazers who paved the way for women in science like Mary Anning, the unsung hero of fossil discovery.
Visit the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery and see some of Mary's finds including the first ichthyosaur ever found, and one of the most complete plesiosaurs.
Venture into a volcano
In the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery, see a heat suit that scientists wear to keep safe in the searing temperatures.
Watch out for wasps
Despite their occasional aggression, wasps are not to be feared. Find out how wasps support our ecosystem.
Step into the solar system
Blast off around the galleries to see pieces of Mars and big meteorites.
Protect the planet
Walk beneath the largest animal ever to have lived. Suspended from the ceiling of Hintze Hall, the 25.2-metre-long blue whale skeleton is named Hope as a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future.
Blue whales were hunted to the brink of extinction in the twentieth century, but were also one of the first species that humans decided to save on a global scale.
Meet your ancestors
Find out about one of our closest ancient ancestors in the Human Evolution gallery. Step back in time and see how they moved, hunted and adapted to a changing world.
See the 420,000-year-old Clacton spear, the oldest preserved wooden spear in the world, and a 3.5-million-year-old hominin canine.
Dare to dive deep
Keep an eye out for a tooth of the now-extinct megalodon, the rare two-tusked narwhal and the giant clam.
Experience an earthquake
Learn about how scientists study earthquakes all over the world. Head through the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery and prepare to hold on tight: you're in for a rumble in the earthquake room, where you'll get a glimpse into what life was like for residents of Kobe, Japan, during the 1995 earthquake.