Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
Time: one hour
Are you big on visiting museums, but short on time? This tour is for you. Designed by our knowledgeable visitor assistants, it will introduce you to some of the Museum's largest and most impressive specimens.
Start with the Museum's most popular gallery, Dinosaurs. You can get up close and personal with amazing prehistoric specimens, including:
- the skull of a plant-eating Triceratops
- the first skeleton of Iguanodon known to science
- part of the first Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, one of the largest carnivores ever to have walked the Earth
- the ferocious animatronic T. rex
If giant reptiles leave you cold, exit Dinosaurs and walk through the Mammals gallery to meet some of our most dangerous warm-blooded animals. Here you'll find:
- pangolin (a small mammal covered in protective scales)
- African hunting dogs
- sabre-toothed cat
This part of the tour takes you to the Museum's Whale Hall, where you'll come face-to-face with the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth, the fantastic blue whale. You'll also get to see:
- sea cows
- Hyracotherium (a dog-sized ancestor of horses)
- skulls from a narwhal, or 'sea unicorn'
Now you're ready for this aquatic gallery, where you'll see:
- snake skeleton
- jaw of tiger shark
After all that excitement, you'll probably want to take a break - which is why this last leg of the tour finishes just outside the Museum's Central Cafe.