Past exhibitions

Brain Diaries exhibition

Brain Diaries

Throughout your life, your brain undergoes extraordinary changes, and makes you the person you are. The Brain Diaries exhibition and event programme revealed how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about our brains, from birth to the end of life.

10 March - 31 December 2017

Wasp mimic hoverfly


A ground-breaking photographic exhibition of science and art, Microsculpture presented insect specimens from the museum's collections like never before. The beautifully-lit, high magnification portraiture of photographer Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.

27 May 2016 - 29 January 2017

Kurt Jackson's

Kurt Jackson

Kurt Jackson's art is a celebration of the natural world. This exhibition brought together paintings, sculpture and Museum collections to explore the diverse and beautiful world of bees. 

18 March - 29 September 2016

William Smith exhibition at the Museum of Natural History

Handwritten in Stone

How William Smith and his maps changed geology. A bicentenary exhibition to celebrate William Smith and his publication of the first geological map of England and Wales. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

9 October 2015 - 31 January 2016

Cones with retina layers shown


All living organisms need to sense changes in their environments. Current research is exploring the mechanisms involved, and how we might benefit from this understanding. 

8 May - 31 August 2015

Immaculata carpenter butterfly

Light Touch

Light Touch is an exhibition of exquisite photographs of butterflies and moths from the Museum’s collection by Katherine Child. It is no longer on display in the Museum but we hope you enjoy browsing the images.

February 2015 - February 2016

Museum staff favourite things

Our Favourite Things

In 2010, as part of our celebrations to mark the opening of the Museum 150 years earlier, we created an exhibition of some of our favourite things. Staff at the Museum were asked to contribute a photograph of an object, an architectural feature, or space in the Museum and to explain why it appealed to them.


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