15 things to do this winter for adults

Warm up this winter with 15 ideas to while away the shorter days.

In December, take a final spin on the ice rink and pick out a new ugly Christmas jumper. In January, listen out for birdsong in our Wildlife Garden. In February you can pore over the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year images.

Don't forget - book your free ticket to the Museum to guarantee entry. 

Last updated September 2022

1. Take a spin on the ice rink

After an incredible 16 years, 2021 was the final year of the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum. The gardens are closed from September 2022 until autumn 2023 as we work on our landmark Urban Nature Project to create a welcoming, accessible and biologically diverse green space.

2. Sashay at the silent disco

Don your headset and get ready to strut your stuff in Hintze Hall. With a choice of three DJs, you are sure to find the perfect song to singalong to. If a little dutch courage is needed then don't worry - a full bar is on hand to help.

The next available dates are in the spring, but it makes for the perfect Christmas gift.


3. Treat a loved one

By purchasing these green gifts from the Museum's shop you can support our important work and reduce your impact on the planet.

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on 18 December, so why not gift yourself a festive dinosaur Christmas jumper

4. See the snowy side of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Images like Head to Head by Stefano Untertiner, from the 2021 exhibition, which shows reindeer during rutting season, are brought to life by their wintery setting.

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

5. Take a walk on the wild(life) side

The Wildlife Garden is closed from 5 September 2022 until autumn 2023 as we work on our landmark Urban Nature Project to create a welcoming, accessible and biologically diverse green space.

6. Wave at the whale

It happens to be World Whale Day on 15 February, so why not pay a visit Hope in Hintze Hall? Did you know: the blue whale is the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth.

Permanent, free

7. Catch up over coffee

Take time out from exploring the galleries and enjoy a coffee and pastry in the Central Cafe. Check out the display on classifying the red panda at the back of the gallery opposite Chi Chi.

8. Find your zen

Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition while it is closed to the public.

22 February, 8.00-9.15

Adult £35, Member £31.50

9. Take an out-of-hours Dinotour

Explore the Dinosaurs gallery before it opens to the public with a 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

10. See the full Our Broken Planet display

The free display Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix has now closed.

Learn more about the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.

11. Explore the extraordinary art of Joseph Banks

The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks display is now closed.

12. Find out what's so great about this auk

Spoiler: it is the last remaining specimen of a British great auk, a flightless seabird driven to extinction in the nineteenth century. You can find the great auk in the Treasures gallery alongside 21 other fascinating specimens.

Permanent, free

13. Get up close to a meteorite

The Winchcombe meteorite is the first meteorite fall to be recovered in the UK in 30 years. Now you can see it on display in The Vault. 


14. Discover a spirit you'll want to sip...

We've partnered with Cooper King Distillery to create England's first carbon-negative gin which is available exclusively from the Museum. Made with 11 botanicals including basil, lemongrass and clove, Discovery Gin is the perfect tipple to warm you up on cold winter nights.

15. And some spirits you won't

Marvel at the weird and wonderful specimens in the 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