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.

Reopening 14 July, the space will feature new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our 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 ten new display bays along the length of the hall, with star exhibits representing the full extent of the Museum's collections.


Visiting during the closure

With the exception of the whole Museum's closure on 13 July, nearly all other galleries are open to enjoy as usual.

The Treasures Cadogan Gallery and the Museum's main entrance on Cromwell Road are closed until 14 July.

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.

Stay informed

See the latest information about closed galleries.

The whole Museum will be closed on 13 July.

The Museum will close early at 17.00 on 12 July. Last entry will be at 16.30.

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Discover Hintze Hall's new exhibits

Explore the blue whale


Hintze Hall's hidden masterpiece

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