Pictures worth a thousand words

The artworks of the early natural historians weren't just beautiful to look at, they were also evidence of new species from far-flung lands and sources of valuable scientific information.

In our film, Museum experts discuss the importance that historical images had then, and still have today. They also describe how state-of-the-art imaging techniques are helping scientists around the world, and sparking exciting new questions.

Images of Nature gallery

Marvel at some of the most beautiful historic artworks and modern images of nature held by the Museum.