Our science

A woman in an orange jacket bends over a small lake in a barren landscape to collect a sample

Museum scientist Anne Jungblut samples biofilms on the McMurdo ice shelf in Antarctica

Our scientists

More than 300 scientists work here in earth and life sciences, our core research labs and library and archives.

Our work

An acclaimed research institution, we publish over 700 scientific papers a year with international collaborators.

The collections

Our 80 million objects span 4.5 billion years, from the formation of the solar system to the present day.

The Natural History Museum at Harwell

We’re moving some of our collections to a new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire.

Our work

Discovery, origins and evolution

We are studying the key transitions in the evolution of life on Earth and predicting the impact of environmental change in the future.

Anthropocene and sustainability

Our expertise in taxonomy, systematics and mineralogy is driving research aimed at securing the future of our food, health and natural materials.

UK biodiversity

We are developing new molecular and digital tools for discovering biodiversity.


Find out why our 80 million specimens are a globally important resource for scientific reference and research.

Science departments and staff

Meet the 350 scientific staff at the heart of our world-class research and collections.

Library and Archives

Explore one of the world's finest collections of natural history literature, artwork, photographs and manuscripts.

Core research labs and consulting

Discover how specialist staff prepare, analyse and interpret samples in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Courses and students

Study at the Museum to get access to the collections, research, public engagement, skills training and education. 

The life of a Museum scientist

Read the latest blog posts from our scientists.

Digital collections

We are digitising large parts of the collections and giving online access to the data.