14 things to do this autumn for adults

People doing yoga with arms outstretched.

Stretch it out in Hintze Hall.

Need some inspiration for things to do on your next visit? 

Find out what's on at the Museum and online during September, October and November 2021. Silent discos, live online talks with scientists, fantastic beasts and fabulous photography - there's an activity for everyone.

1. 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. 

19 September and 10 October

Adult from £35, Members from £31.50 

2. Show off your best moves

Join us for a silent disco as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Whether you fancy belting out Let it Go or want to Dip it Low, we promise we won't judge. 

1 October and 5 November 

Adult £25, Member £22.50

3. Snaps worth seeing

The fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year received a record-breaking number of entries from professional and amateur photographers from 95 countries around the world. From families of parakeets to a curious lynx, these pictures showcase the diversity of the natural world.

Last year's images can also be viewed in our online gallery.

Opens 15 October 
Adult £15.50, free for Members and Patrons

4. Meet a scientist - virtually!

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

Every Tuesday 13.00-13.30. Free online event, no ticket required. 

From October, you'll also be able to watch Nature Live in person at the Attenborough Studio. Don't forget to pre-book your free Museum entry ticket for guaranteed entry.

5. Grab a hot coffee as the temperature 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. Sketch a sloth, salamander or sycamore 

Fancy yourself a bit of a Monet, Kahlo or Audubon? Check out our social media channels each month for the latest Nature Drawing Club theme. You can draw, paint or sculpt - anything that shows off your artistic side. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram with #NatureDrawingClub.

Free, online activity


7. Settle onto your sofa 

Already sick of going out out? Stay in with us instead for Lates Online featuring panel talks and quizzes on the last Thursday of every month. 

30 September, 28 October and 25 November from 19.30 

Free, no ticket required

8. Craft with clay

Discover the wonders of clay as you create two plant pots inspired by Museum specimens in collaboration with Peaceful Pots. 

13 October

Adult £48, Member £43.20 

9. Get up close to fantastic beasts

Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations.  

Adult from £22, Members go free 

10. 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. 

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

Permanent, free 

The megatherium skeleton standing on its hind legs.

11. Smells like methylated spirit

Marvel at the weird and wonderful specimens in our spirit collection with a behind-the-scenes tour. From the cute cookiecutter shark to Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, it is an experience you will never forget. 

Daily tours 

Adult from £25, Members from £22.50 

12. See some of Joseph Banks's collections

The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks is free display where you can see artworks and manuscripts that explore the life and interests of Joseph Banks (1743-1820). The second part of the exhibition, from 17 September, includes an original artwork and a herbarium specimen from Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage of 1768-1771.

Free display in the Images of Nature gallery.

13. Learn about the energy we consume 

The third and final part of our free, evolving display Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It looks at the energy we consume. Learn how we can create a greener, cleaner future and start to heal the planet. 

Free display in the Jerwood Gallery.

14. Get your skates on

The Museum Ice Rink is back for its final year! Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum's Ice Rink is a must this season. The Cafe Bar has bird's-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes. Even if you are not skating, you are more than welcome to pop up for a drink and a bite.

22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022

Adults from £12.65