Member Excursion: The Specimens' Journey

Event information

Event type: tour

Location: Off-site

Ticket prices:

Member: £45

Join the Museum's Principal Curator of Mammals, Richard Sabin, on this exclusive, behind-the-scenes Member tour to learn how scientists collect, prepare and preserve specimens for the Mammals research collection.

The Museum holds a large number of our 80 million specimens in our off-site storage facility. You’ll tour the extensive mammal taxidermy collection featuring giraffes, buffalos and bears, followed by the skeletal collection of whales and dolphins.

For this special event, Richard Sabin will be opening the doors exclusively to Members for this rare opportunity to spend time at the facility.

Find out what happens when the Museum acquires a new specimen and learn about how our scientists make decisions about what to collect, and how they then prepare, process, and store the collection.

Light refreshments will be available on arrival and midway through the tour. Please email us if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please note that photography of any kind is not permitted at the off-site facility.

Exclusive Member event

Tickets to this event are available to Members only. Become a Member today and enjoy benefits including free admission to exhibitions, priority Museum entry and access to tickets for events such as this one. It's easy to join online.

Event dates

Important information

Booking is required. No refunds or exchanges will be given.

This tour is for those aged 12 and over.

The tours will begin promptly. We cannot allow entry into the event the tour has started and no refunds will be given to latecomers.

If this event sells out, a waiting list will operate to allow Members to resell their tickets if they can no longer attend - however, there is no guarantee that there will be people on the list. To join the waiting list, call us on +44 (0)20 7942 5725 between 9.30-17.50.

A free ticket for a carer accompanying a guest with a disability can be requested (subject to availability) by calling us on +44 (0)20 7942 5725 between 9.30-17.50.

Members are advised not to bring any unnecessary valuables with them.

The collection is in an open area with no seating or facilities – please contact us before booking if you have any specific questions regarding access or mobility.

The Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the event as required, such as adjusting the locations, timings or content of the activities. This is to ensure that we deliver a safe and excellent experience for all guests at all times.

Got a question? Call us on +44 (0)20 7942 5000 between 9.00-17.50.

  • Tickets include free refreshments

Meeting point

Location and meeting point information will be emailed to Members the day before the tour.

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