When: Saturday 25th of November, 10:30 am
Where: Outside the Staff Entrance on Exhibition Road (opposite Victoria and Albert Museum). Nearest station: South Kensington
Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
Tickets: 20 people, only adults
An exclusive Behind the Scenes tour of the NHM
The Natural History Museum at South Kensington opened in 1881, thanks to the initiative of the famous paleontologist Richard Owen. The building, designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and made in terracotta stone, was described as the “cathedral of nature”. Inside, more than 80 million specimens are stored, most of them behind closed doors.
This tour will be an incredible opportunity to see some of the most exceptional specimens (collected by Darwin and Wallace) and visit some spaces that are not accessible to the general public, including the former Botany gallery, one of the libraries in the West Tower, the Coleoptera gallery (beetles) and the former laboratory of forensic entomology in the newest wing of the museum, the Darwin Centre.
Once the tour finishes (around 1 pm), we will head to The Hereford Arms (27 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4TE) to enjoy a meal with Dr Michael Geiser, Senior Curator of Coleoptera and our fantastic guide.