Hintze Hall

A view over Hintze Hall

Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.

It is currently closed for a spectacular redevelopment, exploring humanity's relationship with the natural world.

Reopening in summer 2017, the space will feature new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our role in protecting the planet.

Diving through the heart of the hall, a blue whale skeleton will become the central display, taking on the role held by our much-loved Diplodocus cast for the last 35 years.

It will be surrounded by ten new display bays along the length of the hall, with star exhibits representing the full extent of the Museum's collections.


Visiting during the closure

All of Museum's other galleries are open to enjoy as usual, with the exception of the Treasures Cadogan Gallery, which is closed.

The Museum's main entrance on Cromwell Road is temporarily closed.

Our Queen's Gate entrance is best for visiting Dinosaurs, and is a five-minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.

Our Exhibition Road entrance is best for Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Volcanoes and Earthquakes, and is a five-minute walk from South Kensington tube station. 

Our map will help you plan the best route through the Museum. Choose the orange map if you are entering through our Queen's Gate entrance, or the red map if you are entering through our Exhibition Road entrance.

Maps are also available free of charge when you arrive.

Visiting Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Admittance to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition may be restricted at busy times. It is advisable to book your tickets online in advance.

Off-peak prices are available from Monday to Friday. Members can book for free by calling 020 7942 5725.

Stay informed

See the latest information about closed galleries.

Please note the whole Museum will be closed on 13 July as part of the final stages of transforming Hintze Hall.

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The Museum visitor app will help you make the most of your visit.

Dippy on tour

The Diplodocus skeleton cast is being prepared for a UK tour, starting in 2018.

Discover Hintze Hall's new exhibits

Explore the blue whale


Hintze Hall's hidden masterpiece

Discover the ceiling of Hintze Hall with an interactive gigapixel photo, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture