Hintze Hall

Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.

Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.

Inside it, you can wander among meteorites, mammals, fish, birds, minerals, plants and insects, and hear stories about the people whose work and ideas have shaped the Museum.

'Like the blue whale, these beautiful and intricate objects from nature are like wonderful works of art that showcase the incredible uniqueness and diversity of our natural world.'  -  Lorraine Cornish, Head of Conservation

Star specimens and exhibits

Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around the displays


We're reopening!

We can't wait to see you from 5 August. Find out how to plan your visit, including information on booking your free ticket in advance, getting here and visiting safely.

An event you'll never forget

Hire the magnificent Hintze Hall for your wedding, party or private event.

How to find this gallery

Hintze Hall is in the Green Zone. It has a large area on the Ground Floor with a balcony surrounding it.

Museum map highlighting Hintze Hall's location.

Learn more about Hintze Hall

Here you'll find extra content including audio guides, audio descriptions and online interactive experiences.

Check out the balcony displays

Explore the seabird, pheasant, rock and mineral displays on the first-floor balcony in Hintze Hall. 

Experience the blue whale

Explore the whale's rich history in an interactive online experience.

Hintze Hall's hidden masterpiece

Discover the ceiling of Hintze Hall with an interactive gigapixel photo, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture