Last Updated on September 9, 2021
A varied programme awaits all naturalists!
The Natural History Museum has a lot of exhibitions and activities in store from the summer and onwards into autumn this year.
Now open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, a timed entry system is in place to keep everyone safe. Thus, all visitors (yes, including members and corporate supporters) must book a free ticket in advance online for guaranteed entry. If you have one afternoon free, I highly recommend checking out Fantastic Beasts: The wonder of nature and Our Broken Planet: How we got here and ways to fix it.
The Fantastic Beasts exhibition, priced at £22 (without donation), lets you follow in the footsteps of the fictional Magizoologist Newt Scamander and the scientists at the Museum as they venture into the wild to discover more about some of the most awe-inspiring creatures ever known. My inner child persona was fascinatedly educated on the links between the mythical creatures and the natural world animals that could have inspired these myths. These include merpeople, dragons, unicorns, sea monsters, etc. However, many real animals also have similar abilities to mythical creatures which include invisibility or camouflage, shape-shifting and elaborate mating rituals. I saw an okapi, pangolin and an Adelie penguin up close! More than a celebration of JK Rowling’s film series, the exhibit will continue to showcase some odd and exquisitely unique members of the natural world until January 2022.
Our Broken Planet, which is free for all, is on until April 2022. It felt more like a reality check about the impact humans have had on the planet and the ways in which scientists are finding solutions from nature. Various examples are taken from what we grow and eat, from bees threatened by the loss of wildflower meadows to birds of prey poisoned by pesticides. The exhibit asks visitors to reflect on their personal consumption and question how our actions have led to these drastic examples. I came away pledging to try new futuristic foods pioneered by science.
Other free displays in the museum include the artistic legacy of Joseph Banks until January 2022 and the South Kensington Green trail until 15 October 2021.
Special events are also back this year with morning yoga sessions, silent discos and the ability to stay overnight in the museum for kids and adults.
Stuck at home? You don’t need to miss out because there’s a variety of digital events and activities you can explore from behind the screen.
Natural History Museum
Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm
*Timed entry system in place and advance ticket booking required
Looking for something different? try Van Gogh, the Immersive Experience which runs until 6th February 2022 in Spitalfields, East London