Mammals

Mammals

Gallery closure

The gallery is closed until 30 November while we refurbish our display cases to improve the conditions for our mammal specimens. 

You can see some of our conservators at work in the pop-up conservation studio in the Darwin Centre.

Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery.

See fossils and skeletons of extinct animals alongside specimens of their living relatives. Come face-to-face with the extinct sabre-toothed cat, see the unique duck-billed platypus, and compare the anatomy of a horse with a human.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • Cynognathus, the ancient mammal predecessor with reptile features
  • the extinct giant Diprotodon from Australia
  • mammals with pouches and those without teeth
  • see big cats and wild dogs
  • explore the relationship between pandas and bears

Explore the galleries with the Museum map

Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.