The Museum’s 80 million specimens form the world’s most important natural history collection.
The scientific community is using the collection to answer key questions about the past, present and future of the solar system, the geology of our planet and life on Earth.
Explore our botanical collection of an estimated six million specimens of bryophytes, ferns, seed plants and slime moulds from around the world, along with large collections of algae, lichens and diatoms.
Browse the oldest and most important entomology collection in the world of over 34 million insects and arachnids. Gathered over 300 years, these specimens are key to telling the history of collecting, the science of taxonomy and the human desire to understand the natural world.
Find out how our zoology collection can help your research. The collection of 29 million animal specimens, gathered over 250 years from around the world, is rich in voucher, type and historical specimens as well as extinct and endangered species.
Discover the geographic, stratigraphic and historical coverage of the seven million vertebrate, invertebrate and plant fossils in our palaeontology collection that make it globally important.
Explore one of the world's finest collections of 500,000 rocks, gems and minerals, including 5,000 meteorites, and find out how you can use it as a resource for economic geology and scientific research.
Discover hidden treasures from the Library and Archives, from artworks and acquisitions to historical highlights. The collection contains more than 1.5 million books, manuscripts and artworks used for scientific, historical and humanities research.
Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections. We are constantly improving our conservation techniques.