Treasures in the Cadogan gallery


Explore 22 objects spanning 4.6 billion years of Earth's history.

Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance. From a meteorite and moon rock, a dodo to Darwin's pigeons, and the intricate Blaschka glass models, uncover some of the most extraordinary specimens in our collection.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • beautiful butterflies collected by Alfred Russel Wallace
  • original images from John James Audubon's Birds of America book
  • Sir Hans Sloane's beautifully carved nautilus shell
  • an emperor penguin egg collected during Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expedition
  • and don't miss our visitors' favourite, Guy the gorilla


Explore the galleries with the Museum map

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

Showcasing nature's secrets

Discover the objects that shook our world view and inspired new insights, in a collaboration between the Museum and Google Arts & Culture.