Virtual Museum: 11 ways to explore from home
Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
- Take a deep dive into the life of a blue whale
Explore the rich history of Hope, the blue whale suspended from the ceiling in Hintze Hall. In this online interactive, see what her life was like in the ocean, find out how she got to her home in the Museum and get a behind-the-scenes peek of the Museum's collections.
- Hang out with scientists online
Join the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research.
You can ask questions during the live broadcast on YouTube.
- Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around Hintze Hall
Sir David's unmistakable voice and expertise on all things nature make him the perfect person to take you on a tour of Hintze Hall's star specimens (including the blue marlin), all from the comfort of home.
- Go on a virtual tour of the Museum
Google Arts & Culture gives you access to 300,000 specimens within the Museum's collections, along with 14 digital exhibitions, virtual tours and an interactive gigapixel photo (so enormous you can zoom in on the tiniest detail) of Hintze Hall's gilded canopy.
- Flick through Wildlife Photographer of the Year images
Explore the exhibition at your own pace (and without the crowds!) in this online gallery filled with stunning nature photographs.
- Check out the Hintze Hall balcony displays
The large-scale cabinets on the first-floor balcony of Hintze Hall showcase nature's diversity in four spectacular displays: seabirds, pheasants, rocks and minerals.
- Watch us on the small screen
The Museum's stunning architecture has made it a popular choice as a filming location for everything from blockbuster movies to TV dramas.
Discover which films and television shows feature the Museum.
- Examine a 3D model of Dippy's skull
Get up close to the skull of the Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast produced by our Imaging and Analysis Centre. See more 3D models on Sketchfab, including Darwin's fossil mammals and the Crystal Palace sculptures.
- See illustrations from HMS Endeavour
Our collection of botanical illustrations from HMS Endeavour make up some of the most scientifically significant artworks in our archive. It features works by Sydney Parkinson.
- Browse the Library and Archives digital collections
Dig deep into the archives, where you'll find scientifically important art, books, prints and manuscripts, including drawings by William Smith and brothers Franz and Ferdinand Bauer.
- Uncover highlights from the collections
We've wrapped up some of the highlights from the collections on display including specimens from space, the spirit collection, Charles Darwin and the Treasures gallery.