Hidden treasures

Even if you've visited the Museum before and have seen the highlights, there's still plenty to discover.

This self-guided tour shows you some of the Museum's lesser-known treasures and is aimed at all ages. Begin your tour in Hintze Hall.

It should take about two hours.

Hintze Hall balconies

See displays showcasing the diversity of the natural world on Hintze Hall's balconies. Explore beautiful seabird, pheasant, rock and mineral displays, then head to the second floor to see Hope from a different angle and the giant sequoia specimen which has been on display since 1893.

Please note a one-way system is in place on the balconies.

Getting there: located in the upper floors of Hintze Hall.  

Minerals gallery

From ornamental mineral art to a 635-kilogramme iron meteorite that fell in Argentina in 1783, this gallery mixes raw materials with glittering gemstones. The Minerals gallery is laid out as the Museum originally was in 1881. 

Getting there: located in the Green Zone on the first floor.

Images of Nature

See how artists and scientists view the natural world in Images of Nature. Take in 350 years of prints, watercolours and paintings in just a few minutes. Old meets new with modern images created by scientists using micro-CT scanners, imaging specialists and photography. 

Getting there: located in the Blue Zone. From the Cranbourne Boutique proceed through the Birds gallery and across Hintze Hall.

Pop into a shop

Browse beautiful gifts in the Cranbourne Boutique. Treat your loved ones (or yourself) to this cute and cuddly sloth.

Getting there: located in the Red Zone. After Earth's Treasury, head down the stairs.

Zoology spirit building

You can find the Museum's spirit collection next to the Attenborough Studio. Named after the alcohol used to preserve its 23 million specimens, our spirit collection includes a common octopus, a lesser vampire bat and a giant toad. 

Getting there: located in the Orange Zone.  


Wildlife Garden

Learn about the nature on our doorstep in the Wildlife Garden. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Museum in this oasis of British wildlife. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995.

Getting there: located in the Orange Zone.  



Dine al fresco on the east lawn. Relax outside with a selection of pre-packaged sandwiches and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks, or pack your own picnic to enjoy on the grass.

Getting there: located in the Green Zone.  


Museum map

Plan your trip with the Museum map.

Continue exploring

Finished this tour but still wanting more? Find out what you can see and do in our free galleries.

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