Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 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.
Discover the collections
'Ghost' fossils reveal how oceans could be affected by climate change
Plankton which help feed the ocean, lock away carbon dioxide and even influence the weather may not be as vulnerable to climate change as feared.19 May 2022
Museum bats digitised to combat future pandemics
Understanding how bats, which are one of nature's largest disease reservoirs, have changed over time can help scientists to identify new disease hotspots.7 April 2022
Birds are officially more colourful closer to the equator
The tropics have long been perceived as being a riot of colour.4 April 2022
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13 inspiring stories from the Women in Science tour
The Museum's new, free Women in Science tour tell some inspiring stories of women in science.