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Natural History Museum

The magnificent Natural History Museum offers several different, but equally memorable, galleries for a range of evening events.

Hintze Hall

Hintze Hall has a dramatic sense of place. With its grand entrance leading to soaring Romanesque arches, a magnificent stone staircase and a giant Diplodocus cast, it is the ideal venue for all kinds of events.

Just some of the events we've held: dinner dances, after-show parties, fashion shows, award ceremony press launches, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings. Depending on the number of people and the nature of your event, you can also hire the adjoining galleries for your guests to explore.

 

Waterhouse Way [available between January and August 2017]

Waterhouse Way, part of the Waterhouse building, has beautiful architecture and some of the most complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals in the world. Guests can dine with a view of the giant sloth or even next to fossils that inspired stories of sea dragons.

 

North Hall [available between January and August 2017]

North Hall takes guests on a journey through the rich history of the Natural History Museum. Entering through the contemporary Darwin Centre and then on to the traditional dining space in North Hall, this is the perfect place to take in the grandeur of the Museum.

 

Images of Nature gallery

The Images of Nature gallery explores how artists and scientists view the natural world through historic prints, watercolours and modern images in.

This combination of old and new will  be mirrored in your event, with guests arriving through the modern Darwin Centre entrance, passing the fascinating Spirit Collection area before entering the gallery, where the traditional Waterhouse architecture provides a beautiful and intimate setting for the rest of the evening.

 

Earth Hall

The celestial map adorning Earth Hall's walls provides a beautiful backdrop to the Museum's giant metal Earth sculpture. Sophie, the most intact Stegosaurus fossil ever found, takes pride of place, measuring almost six metres long.

Your guests will be surrounded with remarkable objects telling the story of our planet and the solar system, including moon-rock, precious metals and fluorescent minerals. These specimens tell their own stories of Earth's chaotic past.

 

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

En route to an event in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery, guests pass Sophie, the most complete Stegosaurus fossil in the world, before ascending through the giant metal globe in Earth Hall. Once in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes area, guests can explore rare exhibits, film footage and our famous earthquake simulator.

The size and shape of this gallery make it a great fit for drinks receptions, providing guests with unique specimens to view and discuss while enjoying refreshments.

 

Earth's Treasury

Earth's Treasury proudly hosts glittering displays of unique specimens - from gold nuggets to Stonehenge rock and our very own 'kryptonite'. Guests can witness how diamonds are formed and cut, and examine royal links to precious stones.

The size and style of this gallery make it a great fit for elegant, intimate dinners.

 

Darwin Centre and Courtyard

The Darwin Centre offers a contemporary blank canvas for a multitude of events. Steel struts and reflective glass, together with the white limestone floor and curved concrete walls, provide a bright and modern event setting. The opportunity to explore the Cocoon during breaks adds an extra treat to any event.

How about an outdoor drinks reception in the tranquil courtyard as the sun sets, followed by dinner in the atrium?

The state-of-the-art Attenborough Studio provides the perfect space for press conferences and presentations, followed by drinks and canapés in the courtyard.

 

Whale hall

Guests can see fossils and skeletons of extinct animals, alongside specimens of their living relatives, including a life-size model of the blue whale.

Guests will journey through the Darwin Centre, which hosts the fascinating Spirit Collection area, before arriving at this unique gallery for an intimate dinner or drinks reception.

 

Flett Events Theatre

Guests enter a private foyer for registration and refreshments upon arrival, before making their way into the theatre-style auditorium. Delegates are welcome to explore the nearby galleries and check out the exhibits during breaks.

Located next to Earth Hall, daytime events in the Flett Events Theatre can be combined with an evening drinks reception or even dinner under our spectacular metal Earth sculpture.

Audio-visual facilities include:

  • a lectern with in-built microphones
  • connections for a PC link to our 4,000-lumen projector
  • HD video playback (through a projector - PC not provided)
  • two wireless microphones, three wireless lapel microphones and an induction loop
  • audio cassette playback and recording to MP3
  • Blu-ray and DVD playback for film screenings
  • Wi-Fi
  • seats for up to 209 people
  • available daytime Monday to Friday

 

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD
Tel:
020 7942 5434

Events & Capacities

Reception2 - 1 200
Lunch 0 - 0
Dinner 2 - 700
Dinner dance 2 - 700
Meeting/conference 2 - 209
Exhibition space
0
Marquee capacity0 - 0
Outside space 2 - 350
Wedding licenceNo
Wedding receptionYes
Accessible accessYes