Exhibits with impact

This self-guided tour guides takes you through some of the Museum's most fascinating stories. Best suited for adults and solo travellers, this tour should take around two hours to complete. 


Enter the Museum through the Exhibition Road entrance.

Sophie the Stegosaurus

Take the time to say hi to the most intact Stegosaurus fossil ever found. At three metres tall and almost six metres long, it's the perfect background for a dramatic selfie.

Getting there: located in Earth Hall in the Red Zone.  

Laetoli canine

Come face-to-face with our ancestors in the Human Evolution gallery. Discover a 3.5-million-year-old tooth, the oldest hominin fossil in the Museum's collection.

Getting there: located in the Red Zone.  

Pop into a shop

Browse beautiful gifts in the Cranbourne Boutique. Why not learn more about Darwin with Darwin's Notebook? More than just a biography, the book is designed and illustrated to look like a journal.

Getting there: located in the Red Zone.  

Imilac meteorite and blue marlin

Explore Hintze Hall's iconic exhibits, such as the Imilac meteorite, a beautiful gem as old as our solar system and the blue marlin, one of the largest specimens to be preserved in fluid. Find out more about the techniques used to preserve the blue marlin.

Getting there: in the Green Zone.

Time for lunch?

Relax with a coffee or treat yourself to cake, pastries and fruit in the Central Cafe.

Getting there: located in the Blue Zone at the top of Hintze Hall.  

The Ostro stone

Enter the Minerals gallery and examine one of the world's most flawless large gemstones, known as the Ostro stone. This large cut topaz weights 9,381 carats or around two kilograms. 

Getting there: in the Green Zone.

Winchcombe meteorite

The Winchcombe meteorite is the first to have been recovered in the UK for 30 years. This rare meteorite is known as carbonaceous chondrite and out of 65,000 known meteorites in the world, only around 1,000 are of this specific type.  

Getting there: located in the Vault in the Green Zone on the first floor.

Giant sequoia

Come face-to-face with a Museum original. The specimen has been in the Museum since 1893, after the tree was felled in California. Learn more about the tree's clean-up.

Getting there: throughout Hintze Hall, in the Green Zone.

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