Hintze Hall

A view over Hintze Hall

Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.

It is currently closed for a spectacular redevelopment, exploring humanity's relationship with the natural world.

Reopening in summer 2017, the space will feature new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our crucial role in protecting the planet.

Diving through the heart of the hall, a blue whale skeleton will become the central display, taking on the role held by our much-loved Diplodocus cast for the last 35 years.

It will be surrounded by other star exhibits - ten new display bays along the length of the hall, representing the full extent of the Museum's collections.


Visiting during the closure

All of Museum's other galleries are open to enjoy as usual, with the exception of the Treasures Cadogan Gallery, which is closed.

Our Queen's Gate entrance is best for visiting Dinosaurs, and is a five-minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.

Our Exhibition Road entrance is best for Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Volcanoes and Earthquakes, and is a five-minute walk from South Kensington tube station. 

Our map will help you plan the best route through the Museum. Choose the orange map if you are entering through our Queen's Gate entrance, or the red map if you are entering through our Exhibition Road entrance.

Maps are also available free of charge when you arrive.

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Dippy on tour

The Diplodocus skeleton cast will be on public view until 5 January. It will then be prepared for a UK tour, starting in 2018.

Discover: Hintze Hall

Watch the whale move


Hintze Hall's hidden masterpiece

Discover the ceiling of Hintze Hall with an interactive gigapixel photo, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture. 

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