Explore the Museum

Discover what you can see and do in our free galleries across four zones – Blue, Green, Red and Orange.

Museum map

Plan your trip with the Museum map.

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Blue Zone

From dinosaurs to mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth.

Dinosaurs

The Museum's dinosaurs are world-famous. Meet the roaring T. rex, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among fossils in the Dinosaurs gallery.

Mammals

Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery.

Mammals (blue whale model)

Discover the biggest mammals in the animal kingdom.

Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles

Meet some of the most weird and wonderful water-dwelling species in the Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles gallery.

Marine Invertebrates

Investigate the lives of ocean inhabitants in the Marine Invertebrates gallery.

Images of Nature

See how artists and scientists view the natural world through more than 100 images from the Museum's collection in the Images of Nature gallery.

Human Biology

You're amazing – and the Human Biology gallery explains why.

Green Zone

Follow our planet's evolution and walk beneath a 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton. 

Hintze Hall

Whale hello there! Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.

Birds

Discover an extinct dodo, our historical hummingbird cabinet and a Victorian avian anatomy display in the Birds gallery.

Creepy Crawlies

Satisfy your curiosity for insects, crabs, centipedes and spiders, and explore all things arthropod in the Creepy Crawlies gallery.

Minerals

Step back in time to see the Museum as it was in 1881 with its original oak display cabinets in the Minerals gallery.

Fossil Marine Reptiles

Find out what was going on in the oceans while dinosaurs dominated the land in the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery.

Treasures

Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance.

The Vault

Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery.

Investigate

Drop into Investigate, our science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collections.

Fossils from Britain

Trace our fossil record through mud, silt, sand and time. See preserved shark teeth and spot the fossil fakes in the Fossils from Britain gallery.

Red Zone

Take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet.

Earth Hall and Stegosaurus

Meet our incredible dinosaur specimen, the most intact Stegosaurus fossil skeleton ever found. At three metres tall and almost six metres long, it's a dramatic welcome to Earth Hall.

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Epic forces are at work every day, changing the face of our planet. Explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live and don't forget to hold on tight on the earthquake simulator.

Human Evolution

Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Earth's Treasury

Discover minerals, gemstones and rocks in the Earth's Treasury gallery.

From the Beginning

Explore the evolution of life on our planet in the From the Beginning gallery.

Restless Surface

How has wind, water and other weather shaped the Earth? And how long has it taken? Find out in the Restless Surface gallery.

Lasting Impressions

Examine remarkable fossil evidence of long-ago events in the Last Impressions gallery.

Orange Zone

See scientists at work in the Darwin Centre and enjoy the tranquil habitats of our Wildlife Garden.

Wildlife Garden

Explore nature in our flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of London. Free to enter, open daily 10.00-17.00.

Darwin Centre

Explore science and nature in the Darwin Centre's Cocoon, meet experts at Attenborough Studio events, and see specimens close up in the Zoology spirit building.

Gallery announcements

We sometimes need to close galleries. Check these updates before your visit.

17 things to do this spring

Hello? Is it spring you're looking for? With longer and (hopefully) warmer days, get ready to shake off the layers and explore what's on from March to May.

Learn more about Hintze Hall

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