Images of Nature

  • Nearest entrance:
    Cromwell Road
    (step-free access)

See how artists and scientists view the natural world through more than 100 images from the Museum's collection in the Images of Nature gallery.

Historic prints, watercolours and paintings spanning 350 years are displayed alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

Exploring Our Oceans: The Challenger Expedition and Its Legacy

This free display of historic and contemporary imagery and specimens marks the 150th anniversary of the Challenger expedition, a ground-breaking scientific endeavour to sail around the world to systematically study the oceans for the very first time.

Now open

How to find this gallery

The Images of Nature gallery is in the Blue Zone on the Ground Floor next to Hintze Hall. 

Map of the Museum highlighting the Images of Nature gallery.

Discover artworks from the collections

Explore Ferdinand Bauer's stunning scientific illustrations

Ferdinand Bauer is regarded as one of the world’s greatest natural history painters. 

Women artists featured in our Library and Archives

Spanning the last four centuries and covering all subject areas, many of their works have contributed greatly to our knowledge of the natural world.

The modern botanical illustration collection

The Library's modern botanical illustration collection is continually growing, as we complement our historical collection with work from the finest modern botanical artists.

Hire this space

The Images of Nature gallery is available to hire for private events and parties.