What’s on at the Natural History Museum in July/August 2018

What’s on at the Natural History Museum in July/August 2018

Temporary exhibitions & events 


Life in the Dark



This summer discover dark mysteries and reveal hidden light in a new family exhibition, free for children.

Explore the extraordinary diversity of animals that survive and thrive in a world without light. From the dead of night, to the darkest caves and into the deepest oceans, there is undiscovered life in the dark. From fish to foxes, bats to boas, visitors will get up close to a huge variety of creatures specially selected from the Museum’s world-leading Collection, each with their own story to tell.

Discover the superb adaptations that allow animals to flourish in darkness and reveal how they use their supersenses to find food, find a mate and avoid being eaten.

Visitors will experience science through immersive installations, transporting them from the chaos of a bat filled cave, past live specimens and onto the spectacular luminescence of a deep sea light show. Be enlightened by the darkness at this summer’s most fascinating exploration through the natural world, and discover that when the lights go out, the action begins.

Dates and times:                   13 July – 6 January 2019, 10.00 – 17.50 (last admission 17.15)
Special free event:                Lates:Life in the Dark, 27 July 2018, 18.00-22.00
Admission:                            Free to children aged 16 and under

Adult £14.00, Concession £9.50
Online Adult £13.00, Online Concession £8.50
*The Museum is a charitable institution. If you include a small donation with your tickets, you      help us to continue our pioneering scientific research, education and conservation.
Location:                               Waterhouse Gallery

Visitor enquiries:                      +44 (0)20 7942 5000

Online:                                   http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/life-in-the-dark.html



Sensational Butterflies – until 16 September




See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in our tropical butterfly house.

This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Follow the trail through a jungle habitat in the heart of London as butterflies fly around you. You will pass hungry caterpillars, insects emerging from their chrysalises and busy feeding stations.

Kids and families can find out fascinating butterfly facts and learn more about the behaviour and diversity of these much-loved creatures.


Dates and times:              Until 16 September

Location:                           South Kensington

Admission:                      Individual £5.85

Family £19.80

Free for Members, Patrons, children under four and Disability Personal Assistants.

Online:                              http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/sensational-butterflies.html



The LEGO Group and the Natural History Museum: Exploring nature through play



Come and join sustainable superhero Plantus Maximus at the Natural History Museum and learn more about the natural world through fun and interactive LEGO® brick-building experiences.

LEGO® Build: Create sustainable superheroes and their habitat with Plantus Maximus


To celebrate the arrival of the first LEGO bricks made from plants, budding builders are challenged to combine LEGO plant elements and bricks to build their own sustainable superhero, and create a natural habitat fit for Plantus Maximus and his friends.


The Natural History Museum quest with Plantus Maximus

Embark on a special adventure with Plantus Maximus around the Museum to learn more about the environment, natural world and how to help protect our planet.

The LEGO® Build sessions and Natural History Museum quest are open to children aged six and over.


Dates and times: Friday 3 August 2018 – Sunday 5 August 2018

Location: South Kensington

Admission: Free. Online booking is essential for the LEGO® Build sessions.

Online: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/lego-nhm.html

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