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

Museum palaeontologists on the Mission Jurassic dino dig descend a steep slope in the American wilderness while exploring the area


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.

Have a go at our quiz about the trials and tribulations they faced, or find out how you can become a palaeontologist.

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

A specimen of Ichthyosaurus communis that was discovered by Mary Anning


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


Studying live volcanoes helps us understand eruptions. Scientists go on field trips to stake-out individual volcanoes, watching every twitch to develop a profile of their behaviour.

In the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery, see a heat suit that scientists wear to keep safe in the searing temperatures.

Don't miss the free Nature Live talk on Friday 13 September about a scientific field trip to Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano.

Watch out for wasps


Despite their occasional aggression, wasps are not to be feared. On Saturday 14 September meet a scientist at a free Nature Live talk all about wasps' nests and find out how wasps support our ecosystem.

Step into the solar system


Adventure to the Moon with Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon and blast off around the galleries to see pieces of Mars and big meteorites. 

Meet a scientist who looks after the Museum's meteorite collection at a free Nature Live talk on 15 September.

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

Skeletons of chimpanzee, Australopithecus sediba and a modern human

A skeleton comparison display showing living and extinct relatives


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

The Mammals (blue whale model) gallery


Go on an underwater expedition of the Fishes, Amphibians & Reptiles, Mammals (blue whale model) and Marine Invertebrates galleries to see the diversity of water-dwelling life.

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.

Discover the power of plants


The Wildlife Garden provides a home for over 3,000 species of plants and animals. Grab your phone or tablet and become a Naturenaut with Dippy. Explore nature on your doorstep in this free, family-friendly game where Fern the fox helps you identify trees, plants and birds.