The Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire

Tring's specimens on display

Our galleries are packed with fascinating specimens - there are over 4,900 to see.

The private collection of Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868-1937), became the basis of the collections housed at the Museum at Tring, located on the grounds of his family home. To help you make the most of your visit, explore some of the highlights from each gallery.

Museum map

Plan your trip with the Museum map. You can also buy a £5 printed guide with map at the information desk.

Download the map PDF (2.2MB)

Gallery 1

Stand tall against an emperor penguin and come face-to-face with a polar bear.

  • See the highlights in Gallery 1

Gallery 3

See one of the Museum's most famous exhibits: the dressed fleas.

  • See the highlights in Gallery 3

Gallery 4

See zebras and their relatives.

  • See the highlights in Gallery 4

Gallery 5

Fan of Moby Dick? Don't miss the lower jaw of a sperm whale.

  • See the highlights in Gallery 5

Gallery 6

Walter Rothschild kept 64 carrowaries and 144 giant tortoises in his lifetime. See some of the specimens in this gallery.

  • See the highlights in Gallery 6

The life of Walter Rothschild

Explore interactive maps, Rothschild's favourite birds and a life-size replica of his giant tortoise in the Rothschild Room. 

Learn about the heroic age of Antarctic exploration in a free display which marks the two hundredth anniversary since the first sighting of Antarctica. 

A model tortoise in the middle of the Rothschild Room.
  • Eat, drink and shop

    Horsebox Cafe

    The Horsebox Cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-16.00 and is located in the Hastoe Lane car park. The main cafe is closed.

    Picnic areas

    You can eat packed lunches in the outdoor picnic areas. The indoor picnic area is currently closed.

    Some outdoor picnic benches have lift-up seats for wheelchair users.

    Visitors enjoying a drink in the cafe.


    The shop is open but with reduced capacity. It's mandatory to wear a face covering in the shop. Children under 11 are exempt. Read our full list of exemptions.

    Find a great range of nature-inspired gifts for all ages, including mineral specimens, soft toys, games, books, posters and greetings cards. The shop is on the ground floor and is open Tuesday-Sunday and bank holidays, 10.30-16.30. 

Self-guided tours

Encourage children to ask questions and discuss animal features with our free self-guided tours.

The tours are designed for use by an adult leading a small group of children.

Activity and guide books

Navigate your way with our guidebook filled with fascinating stories and facts, or pick up an activity book to complete during and after your visit.

Both are sold at the information desk and shop.

Explore the local area

Once you've wandered the galleries, head to Tring Park. The chalk grassland is a ten-minute walk from the Museum.

Tring town centre has a variety of shops, cafes and pubs, plus the Tring Local History Museum. A short drive away is the Wildlife Trust reserve, College Lake.