The collections are divided into botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology, and there are also a number of temporary exhibitions hosted each year.
Visitors of all ages are welcomed into the museum with a range of interactive exhibits especially the natural body and the dinasours featuring the animated Tyrannosaurs Rex as well as a journey through the various ages of the dinosaurs right through from their origins through to their demise, as well as speculating to the reasons for which this occurred.
Other gallery highlights include the extraordinary 22 items in the new Cadogan Gallery, including Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species book, the skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird, to the dinosaur teeth that led to the discovery of the now extinct giant reptiles that were on Earth. The imagination and creativity with which the artifacts are displayed makes the experience an unmissable one for any visit to the museum, not to mention the added dimension that the audio tour adds to the experience.
The mammals hall is another exhibit not to be missed, with the centre piece being the huge life sized scale model of a blue whale, the largest creature ever to have lived on the earth. You can also discover how dolphins and wales are intelligent, how species like zebras, asses and horses are very similar, and see the skull and tusks of a mammoth that lived 200,000 years ago.
For a truly hands-on interactive experience, you’ll want to visit the Human Biology zone, with its visual exhibits offering insight into how hormones affect the body, our senses work, memories function, how blood does its job and how the brain works in harmony with the other organs of the body.
There is also an appointment-only library hosting a huge volume of books and publications.
The Museum’s website is also host to a rich variety of interactive resources for all ages, from multimedia guides, apps and games through to research resources and archives. There is also an excellent children’s section to the site, and an interactive section of the site called NaturePlus which allows visitors to collect snippets of information during their visit, before engaging with blogs, forums and further reading to continue their visit experience even after having left the museum.
Open every day 10.00-17.50
Last admission 17.30
Last Friday of the month open until 22.30 for Lates.
The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but closed 24-26 December.
The Museum's step-free entrance is on Exhibition Road.
Access: The museum is fully accessible by disabled visitors and also offers a range of visually impaired and educational aids.