The Anning Rooms

The Anning Rooms are an exclusive restaurant and lounge for the use of Members and Patrons.

Enjoy unrivalled views of the Museum’s famous architecture, browse our selection of incredible specimens in the Cabinet of Curiosities, and see copies of Mary Anning's original sketches and letters on display.

Members are able to bring one non-Member guest at weekends and school holidays or three non-Member guests during term-time weekdays. Patrons may bring five non-Patron guests and are able to reserve tables in the restaurant.

During weekends or school holidays the Anning Rooms are often busy, and a waiting list may be running for the restaurant. In these times, the restaurant will prioritise visitors who are ordering lunch. Members and Patrons are always welcome to bring their own refreshments to enjoy upstairs in the lounge area.

Please note, the Anning Rooms will be closed for refurbishment between Monday 31 October and Friday 4 November 2022. 

  • Monday-Sunday 10.00-17.40
    Last entry 17.30


    The Anning Rooms will be closed for refurbishment 31 October – 4 November 2022. Closed 24-26 December

  • in the Green Zone

For new Members

Visit the Anning Rooms to collect your temporary membership card to allow you to enjoy all your onsite benefits. Our friendly team is available to help with any queries about membership or patronage.

Grab a bite

Enjoy refreshments all day long and our delicious lunch options served 11.30-15.00 daily, with your Member discount already applied. Take a peek at our new spring/summer menu.

Relax in the lounge

Enjoy unrivalled views of the Museum's famous architecture from our comfortable lounge and browse the selection of incredible Museum specimens in the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Work or study

Upstairs you'll find a comfortable study area with free Wi-Fi and plugs, including a library room with a section of scientific books for adults and children to browse. Term-time weekdays are often the quietest time to work or study in the Rooms.

An oasis of calm

Visit on term-time weekdays to enjoy the tranquillity of the Anning Rooms. Enjoy a relaxing long lunch in our restaurant or find a quiet space to study or work. Members are able to visit with three non-Member guests during term-time weekdays. 

Our helpful team are available in the Anning Rooms to help with any queries about Membership and the rooms include free Wi-Fi, plugs, full lift and wheelchair access, bathrooms and baby changing facilities.

If you have any questions, you can find our full Membership FAQs here. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Become a Member

The Anning Rooms are for the enjoyment of Members and Patrons. Discover the benefits of supporting the Museum.

Learn more about the Anning Rooms

Mary Anning

The Anning Rooms are named in honour of legendary fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Learn more about Mary Anning's contribution and legacy. 

Waterhouse architecture

The Anning Rooms provide an unrivalled view of the Waterhouse's terracotta sculptures.

Learn more about the 'Cathedral to Nature'.