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Unleash your inner-party animal at the Natural History Museum’s New Year’s Eve Party

Make a splash as you enter 2019 in the iconic Hintze Hall, dancing beneath the biggest animal to have ever lived. 

  • Ring in 2019 with an animal-themed New Year’s Eve party packed with wild activities
  • DJs spin music and bars serve refreshments all night long
  • Exclusive access to Life in the Dark and Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Get into the swing of things with animal-themed fancy dress

Make a splash as you enter 2019 in the iconic Hintze Hall, dancing beneath the biggest animal to have ever lived.

Upon arrival guests will be greeted by their host for the evening, a mystical wolf, as they collect their complimentary drink and enter Hintze Hall - the epicentre of the Party Animals experience. From there the Museum is free to roam and full of fun to be had! Packed with animal-themed activities, bars serving refreshments and your fellow revellers dressed to impress, there’s not a moment to waste!

Try your luck at Musical Bingo, sample edible insects, explore two blockbuster exhibitions, or get your groove on in the Silent Disco. Meanwhile, getting the audience in a twist, will be our snake contortionist who will be wowing the crowds with her slippery and bendy moves throughout the night. There’s also animal masks to personalise and wear, entertainment from a roaming Calypso band and the Love Cats, who will be handing out treats and messages of prosperity for 2019.

As the big moment draws closer, your host will cajole the crowds into a countdown to midnight, culminating with the chimes of Big Ben, confetti cannons, an epic balloon drop and a mass sing-along of Auld Lang Syne led by Massaoke, centre-stage in the iconic Hintze Hall – ensuring you enter the new year with a bang!

Included in the ticket price is exclusive access to our two major exhibitions, Life in the Dark, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54. In Life in the Dark, descend into underground caves, plunge to the depths of our oceans and see what awakens in the night in this immersive exhibition. Meanwhile, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, now in its fifty-fourth year, showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breath-taking diversity of life on Earth. Chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges, the images are awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Explore these galleries after hours for a unique Museum experience.


Dates and times:
         31 December 2018, 20.00 – 01.00
Admission:                  Adult: £99, Member: £89
Location:                     South Kensington
Online:                                                     #NHMNYE

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The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity. The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome more than 4.5 million visitors each year and our website receives over 500,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in-person and online with our science and learning activities through innovative programmes such as citizen science and family festivals.