The Red Zone lift is closed until March 2021 while we undergo an essential refurbishment. The Volcanoes and Earthquakes, From the Beginning, Restless Surface and Earth's Treasury galleries can be accessed via the escalator and stairs only. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Epic forces are at work every day, changing the face of our planet.
Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery.
Examine fossils from a time when all Earth's continents were joined, and the animals that evolved after the continents separated. See lava bombs, volcanic glass hair, and crystals created under intense pressure beneath Earth's surface.
Star specimens and exhibits
- the earthquake simulator, showing what it was like during the 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquake
- the heat suits and field equipment used by scientists studying volcanoes
- casts of victims from the Mount Vesuvius eruption of AD 79
- objects melted by lava flows
- hydrothermal vents that release hot magma from under the sea
- historic seismographic equipment
- building techniques to guard against earthquake damage
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 make a volcano
Follow our guide to make a simple volcano from a plastic bottle and watch it erupt.
What on Earth?
The 1883 Krakatau eruption: a year of blue Moons
The mystery of blue Moons lies in the ashes of volcanic eruptions.
Discover facts about Venus, the planet closest to Earth.
Volcano study shows timeline of magma behaviour before eruption
A new approach for analysing minerals in volcanic rocks is helping scientists work out what happens inside a volcano before it erupts.12 October 2016