3E08 About us | Natural History Museum

About us

The Museum exterior viewed from Cromwell Road

The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.

We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.

We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.


Read the latest news about the Museum and our exhibitions, and discover what pioneering research our scientists are involved in.

Our vision and strategy

We aim to challenge how people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. Read about our vision and strategy.

History and architecture

Learn more about the Museum's history and how this iconic building was designed.


We are always looking for talented people to help maintain the Museum’s status as a renowned scientific institution and one of the UK's most popular visitor attractions.

Our Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of the Museum in 2013. Find out about The Duchess' involvement with our work.

Annual reviews

The Museum is a top UK visitor attraction. More than 300 scientists work here. Discover the range and relevance of our activities.

Visitor research and evaluation

Our Research and Evaluation team seeks to continually improve the visitor experience and ensure that our activities benefit a wide range of audiences. 2AEC

National impact

Our impact reaches far beyond the Museum’s sites in South Kensington and Tring. Discover how we work with partners to inspire learning and participation in science.


Find out about our management, funding, policies, procedures, Trading Company and freedom of information requests.

Reports and accounts

Financial information about the Museum and an overview of our activities year by year.

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