15 things to do this winter for adults
Warm up this winter with 15 ideas to while away the shorter days.
In December, pore over the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year images and pick out a new ugly Christmas jumper. In January, join us for the return of Lates Online and listen out for birdsong in our Wildlife Garden. February brings a live Spell Songs concert and a celebration of one of our favourite animals: hippos.
December 2020 - February 2021
Explore the parallels between real-life animals, creatures from myths and legends, and beasts from the wizarding world in our latest exhibition Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature.
Adults £22, free for Members and Patrons
Enjoy snowy images from the exhibition, like John Blumenkamp's A Fox for All Seasons, from the warmth of your home. This year's images can also be viewed in our free online gallery.
Adult £14.95, free for Members and Patrons
It may be chilly outside, but the Museum's Wildlife Garden is perfect for a winter visit. Bird Day is on 5 January, so why not step outside and see what you can hear? A survey conducted by the Museum earlier this year found some bird sounds offer relief from mental fatigue and stress.
1 November - 31 March, 10.00-15.30 (closed 24-26 December)
Closed during wet weather
6. Say hello to a hippo
It happens to be Hippo Day on 15 February, so why not pay a visit to our hippopotamus in the Mammals (blue whale model) gallery? Fun fact: hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes underwater!
The Museum may have plenty of big sights, but sometimes it's important to focus on the little things - like cake. Indulge in a spot of people watching over a coffee and a pastry in the Central Cafe.
It's not something we'd usually recommend, but in the Mammals gallery you're safe to stand next to a large polar bear. This species can weigh as much as 720 kilogrammes and stand 1.5 metres at the shoulder.
As lovers of colder climes, polar bears have a dense, water-repellent coat and a thick layer of fat, making them suitably adapted to the harsh Arctic conditions. They can swim long distances through icy waters between ice floes.
11. Enjoy a moment of calm in Images of Nature
View over 100 historic prints, watercolours and paintings alongside modern images and CT scans. The gallery is usually quiet, which means you can take the time to examine these artworks up close.
15. Lift your spirits
You can find a small part of the Museum's spirit collection next to the Attenborough Studio. It's named after the alcohol used to preserve the 23 million specimens. Though tours of the spirit collection are paused, you can still discover the highlights of what lurks in the collection, including a common octopus, vampire squid and coconut crab.