16 things to do this spring for adults

Butterfly on flower

Look closer: spot butterflies in the Wildlife Garden this spring 

Pack away the hats and gloves, it's time to enjoy some springtime sunshine (or more likely, April showers).

Take a look at 16 reasons to stop hibernating on the sofa and pay a visit to the Museum. 

  • March - May 2022

1. Stay up late

Lates is back in the Museum for an evening of games inspired by science and the natural world. Play RPGs, video games and board games while chatting with game developers and scientists.

25 March from 18.00
Free, ticket required

2. Celebrate Audubon Day

It's Audubon Day on 26 April. Visit Images of Nature to see our free exhibition on John James Audubon and his book, Birds of America. 

In the Treasures gallery you can view one of the original plates from the valuable book.

From 15 January 2022

3. Get up close to some fantastic beasts

Our exhibition may have ended, but you can continue to explore the connections between myth and the amazing animals of the natural word with the BBC's new documentary, Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History with Stephen Fry. Keep an eye out for a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum including the tank room.

First aired on BBC One at 19.00 on 27 February. Available on iPlayer for at least one year. 

4. Spring to life

As you'd expect, the Wildlife Garden is pretty spectacular this time of year. Keep an eye out for local wildlife in your own garden too, and find out more about British wildlife.

Free, no ticket required
Until 31 March: 10.00-15.30
From 1 April: 10.00-17.00

5. Wish Sir David Attenborough a happy birthday

Raise a glass to the OG nature broadcaster, who is turning 96 this year. He won't actually be here on his birthday (8 May), but you can be guided around Hintze Hall's star specimens by the best voice in the biz, see an Attenborosaurus (an extinct marine reptile) or visit the gogotte in Lasting Impressions, donated in 2017 in honour of Sir David's ninetieth birthday.

Permanent, free

6. Be inspired by the natural world

Marvel at some of the world's most breath-taking examples of wildlife photography, including a gecko meeting a grisly end, a curious fox and a perfectly poised lynx, all at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Until 5 June

Adults, £15.50, concession, £12.50

Lions huddle together in the rain

Shelter from the rain by Ashleigh McCord. The image was Highly Commended. 

7. Start your day the roarsome way

Explore the Dinosaurs gallery before it opens to the public with an Out-of-hours Dinotour. Join one of our knowledgeable tour guides as you get up close and personal with all the main characters in our world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

Adults, £30

8. Last chance to learn about Our Broken Planet

Our full Our Broken Planet display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, we reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.

Until summer 2022

9. Can you spot the birds in the bays?

Not all the bird in our collection are of the taxidermy variety. Eagle-eyed visitors may be able to spot these beautiful terracotta birds. Hint: check the arches in Hintze Hall.

Permanent, free

10. D-I-S-C-O

Shake it until the small hours with our TikTok famous Silent Disco. The next few dates are sold out, but with three different DJs to choose from and a full bar, you won't regret making summer plans in spring.

Adults, £27

11. Salute the sun

Take a deep breath and stretch out under the blue whale at a morning yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. After a live gong bath to finish the session, explore the galleries before the Museum opens to the public.

Adults, £35

22 May, 10 July, 4 September

12. Discover inspirational 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.

Free, advanced booking required

Mary Anning illustation

13. Celebrate mothers in nature

This display case contains a pair of swans caring for their young. This family of swans are posed as they would be in nature. The signet is resting on the mother's back. The cases were originally displayed in 1883 as part of an early exhibition. Of over 150 cases, only two survived World War II bombing.

See these swans at the end of the Birds gallery.

Permanent, free

swans in bird gallery

14. An owl head to give a hoot about

Not just a day for Star Wars, May 4 is also Bird Day. While it's easy to overlook this wide-eyed favourite in a mad dash to see the dinosaurs, we think this owl is worth a visit. Keep your eyes peeled in the Birds gallery and you may notice a small owl's head with a blue pencil in its ear (no, those fluffy tufts are not ears).

Permanent, free 

15. See an inkcredible squid

Meet Archie the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, Darwin's octopus and other specimens preserved in jars (or tanks), in a behind-the-scenes tour of our Zoology spirit building.

Various dates, £25, bookings essential

16. Stay overnight at the Museum

The joys of a fresh pair of dinosaur jammies aren't just for kids.

Grab your sleeping bag and get ready for a night at the Museum. Don't want to sleep? Don't worry there's an all-night movie marathon too.

13 May

Adults £185, Members: £166.50
Includes a drink on arrival, a three-course dinner and a hot breakfast.