Hintze Hall

a view from the balcony of Hintze Hall

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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 be closed to the public and some specimens will be temporarily taken off view.

From 19 October, the giant sequoia will be covered and removed from view, with the second floor balcony closing at the beginning of November 2015. The balcony and sequoia will reopen at the end of March 2016.

The first floor balcony will be closed from the beginning of April 2016 to the end of October 2016, and the ground floor will be closed from January to June 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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