14 things to do this autumn for adults
Find out what's on at the Museum during September, October and November 2023. With spooky openings, museum tours, the world's biggest dinosaur and fabulous photography - there's an activity for everyone.
Last updated 1 September 2023
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.
24 September, 25 October
Adult from £35, Members from £31.50
2. See the world through a new lens
Discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at Wildlife Photographer of the Year, where 100 remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.
Adults from £15.00
Opens 13 October
3. Run into a reptile
October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day, giving you the perfect reason to encounter some of the most weird and wonderful species in the Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles gallery.
4. Learn about women in science
Take a guided tour of the first floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery, and discover the fascinating work of women scientists past and present.
Hear the gripping histories of several women scientists across history including some who've worked at the Museum.
Various dates. Free, tickets recommended.
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. See a giant up close
Step into the world of the magnificent titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum - one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the earth.
Learn how Patagotitan mayorum stayed safe, found food and kept cool as you follow its journey from tiny egg to towering head and shoulders above other Cretaceous critters.
8. See our dinos out of hours
Book a Dinotour with one of our knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with the all the main characters in our world-famous Dinosaurs gallery, all before it opens to the public.
45-minute tours from 9.00-9.45
Adult £30, child £20, Member £27
9. Watch Prehistoric Planet
We know it isn't technically something you can do in the Museum, but for those who can't get to us this autumn, it's the next best thing!
Travel back 66 million years to a time when lands, seas, and skies were ruled by prehistoric giants.
10. Celebrate sloths on International Sloth Day
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.
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.
Adult from £25, Members from £22.50
12. Chill out in the Polar Silk Road
Discover the Arctic through the photography of Gregor Sailer. Explore the existing, potential, and sometimes unexpected impact that warming temperatures will have in this once pristine region.
Free exhibition, open now
14. How do you measure up against the giant sequoia?
This sequoia has a long history. It has been in the Museum since 1893.
The tree was 1,300 years old and 101 metres tall when it was felled in California.
Its incredible lifespan is evident in its many rings. Tree rings are created under the bark as the organism grows taller and thicker. Experts can tell how old a tree is by its number of growth rings.
See it on display on the upper balcony in Hintze Hall.