13 things to do this autumn for adults

Two sheep in the Wildlife Garden during autumn.

See the Museum's sheep - Bracken and Ivy - in the Wildlife Garden.

We've rounded up the best things to do at the Museum and online during September, October and November 2020.

Morning and evening yoga, live online talks with scientists, nature photography and woolly sheep - there's an activity to suit all tastes and budgets.

What's the first thing you'll tick off your list?

1. Reconnect with nature

Travel is a little tough right now, so explore some of the world's richest habitats closer to home at the fifty-sixth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Last year's images can also be viewed in our online gallery.

Open now
Adult £14.95, free for Members and Patrons

2. Meet a scientist - virtually!

Tune in to Nature Live Online twice a week for topical discussions with our scientists and researchers. You can ask questions to the team via YouTube. 

Every Tuesday 12.00-12.45 and Friday 10.30-11.15

3. Take action to help the planet

We couldn't let World Animal Day on 4 October pass us by. Catch Extinction: The Facts on BBC iPlayer (UK only) as Sir David Attenborough investigates what biodiversity loss really means to the future of the planet and how we can help. 

Small actions add up to big changes. Discover what you can do

4. See how artists and scientists view the natural world

This International Artists Day (25 October), head to the Images of Nature gallery to see historic prints, watercolours and paintings spanning 350 years displayed alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

Permanent, free

5. Warm up as the weather cools down

It's International Coffee Day on 1 October, so take the opportunity to get cosy with a brew in the Central Cafe. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and salads, or tuck into crisps, cakes, pastries and fruit. 

Top tip: we've also got free (and fast) Wi-Fi. 

6. Ewe don't want to miss this

The Museum's lambscapers are back! Drafted in from the London Wetland Centre, the two greyface Dartmoor sheep - Bracken (5) and her offspring Ivy (3) - play an integral role in sustainably managing the Wildlife Garden. Say hello to them until late October.

Free entry, open daily 11.00-17.00
Closed during wet weather.


7. Let your creative juices flow

Fancy yourself bit of a Monet, Kahlo or Audubon? Check out our social media channels each Friday for the latest Nature Drawing Club theme. You can draw, paint or sculpt - anything that shows off your artistic side. 

Free, online activity

8. Have a night in with Lates Online

Grab a drink, turn on your computer, and join us for Lates Online featuring panel talks and quizzes on the last Friday of every month. 

25 September, 30 October and 27 November from 19.30 
Free, no ticket required

9. Get cosy with the Museum at home

Forget the overpriced popcorn, strangers whispering and rogue WhatsApp messages - enjoy our buildings from the comfort of your sofa through blockbuster movies and TV dramas. 

The Museum's stunning architecture has made it a popular choice as a filming location for movies like Paddington (2014) and The Mummy (2017).

10. Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around Hintze Hall

Sir David Attenborough's unmistakable voice and expertise on all things nature make him the perfect person to take you on an audio-guided tour of Hintze Hall's star specimens.

Free, online resource

11. Find your zen

Stretch out underneath the blue whale skeleton in Hintze Hall with a unique series of yoga classes hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. 

Various dates from 15 November

Adult from £23, Members from £20.70 

12. Spot the fruit on the ceiling

There's nothing better than a warming apple crumble, especially during autumn (Apple Day is 21 October), but how much do you know about the popular fruit? See if you can find the apple tree illustration on the ceiling of Hintze Hall, labelled Pyrus malus. Victorians believed apples were native to Britain, thinking they were a domesticated variety of the wild crab apple. It's now known that apples can be traced back to central Asia, but scientists are still studying the history of cultivated varieties we eat today. 

Each panel tells a story - of emerging and fallen empires, prosperity and slavery, and explorers pushing the boundaries of the known world. 

Permanent, free

13. Celebrate sloths on International Sloth Day (20 October)

When you think of a sloth, often a slow-moving, bleary-eyed, tree-dwelling creature comes to mind. But what about their predecessors? The giant ground sloth (Megatherium americanum) was up to 10 times the size of living sloths reaching weights of up to four tonnes (similar to a present-day bull elephant). On its hind legs, it would have stood a full 3.5 metres (12 feet) tall. 

Megatherium skeleton cast is on display at the end of the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery. 

Permanent, free 

The Museum is closed but our work continues

As a charity we need your help. With our doors closed, we're losing vital income. We're doing everything we can to continue to connect people to nature by bringing the Museum to you through inspiring stories and educational activities. 

So if you could help us with a donation - no matter the size - we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.