Life in the Dark

This exhibition is now closed.

Life in the Dark was open to the public from 13 July 2018 until 24 February 2019. 

The exhibition explored the creatures that thrive at night, in pitch-black caves and deep in the sea. 

Visitors could enter the worlds of nocturnal animals to discover how they find their way around their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Encounter live Mexican blind cave fish that don't need eyes to navigate.
  • See yourself through the eyes of a cave boa.
  • Get hands-on with familiar nocturnal animals.
  • Smell the distinctive aromas of the bat cave.
  • Enjoy breathtaking live footage from the deep sea.
  • Hear a symphony of nocturnal sounds and identify the creatures that make them.


  • 13 July 2018 until 24 February 2019

Museum staff who worked on the exhibition include:

  • Geoff Boxshall, Merit Researcher Life Sciences 
  • Dr Paul Taylor, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leverhulme, Life Sciences 
  • Raph Chanay, Interpretation Manager
  • Alex Fairhead, Interpretation Manager
  • Amy Wedderburn, Interpretation Developer
  • Alisa Crisp, Interpretation Developer