Investigate - Closed
Drop in to Investigate, our science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collection.
Designed especially for families with children aged 7+, Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You'll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more.
Get up close with nature
Everything in Investigate can be held or touched, so pick an object to study and unleash your inner scientist. Examine it under a microscope or compare it with others objects, browse the dedicated library or chat with one of our friendly science educators, who are always on hand to support your investigation.
What will you discover?
Scientists make predictions about the natural world based on their observations. In Investigate, children are encouraged to think, explore and ask questions like a scientist. With so much to discover, there's something to inspire every young scientist.
Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
How to find Investigate
Investigate is in the Green Zone on the Lower Ground Floor. It can be accessed by the lift or stairs opposite the Creepy Crawlies gallery on the Ground Floor.
Families do not need to book to visit Investigate, however school groups must book in advance.
Read about the work of our Museum scientists
Environmental DNA: what is it and how can it help us protect wildlife?
Find out what eDNA is and how it can be used for conservation.
How natural history museums can help fight future pandemics
Data on three bat families will be released on an open platform and made available to researchers all over the world.
The Queen talks to Museum scientists about space, Mars and the meteorite that landed in a driveway
To mark British Science Week, Her Majesty took part in a virtual science showcase.12 March 2021
We need to act now to save nature
It will cost us double to preserve nature unless we act now, Museum scientists have found.11 February 2021