Welcome to the Museum's spectacular central hall and the gateway to our collection and galleries.
Hintze Hall's cathedral-like structure is a stunning backdrop to Museum highlights, including the 1,300-year-old giant sequoia, Darwin's statue, our Diplodocus skeleton cast, woolly mammoth skull and tusks, and the coelacanth.
Star specimens and exhibits
- painted ceiling panels and terracotta ornaments, including the popular climbing monkeys
- a Glyptodon, the extinct giant relative of the modern armadillo
- a chimpanzee skeleton once thought to explain pygmies
- the three-metre-tall giant moa model commissioned by Walter Rothschild
- a giant cluster of interlocking gypsum crystals
Redisplay and closures
Between now and the summer of 2017, Hintze Hall will be reimagined to lay bare the relationship between humans and the natural world. During the redisplay, some areas of the hall will close to the public and some specimens will be temporarily taken off view.
The second floor balcony is currently closed, and the giant sequoia has been covered and removed from view. The balcony and sequoia will reopen at the end of June.
The first floor balcony will be closed from 11 April 2016 to the end of October 2016. The Minerals Gallery will be closed during this period, but we are aiming to reopen access from July 2016.
The ground floor will be closed from January to summer 2017. In the period leading up to these closures, some specimens may be taken off view in preparation for further works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during these closures.