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Exhibitions and events

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

One Million Years TicketsHuman origins exhibition
13 February - 28 September 2014


Relive the dramatic story of prehistoric Britain, its people and changing landscapes. Rare specimens, unique archaeological treasures and the latest research recreate this exciting glimpse into our past, a decade in the making.

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Sensational Butterflies

Sensational Butterflies 2013 | Tickets Butterfly house and exhibition
3 April - 14 September 2014
10.00–17.50. East lawn

Experience hundreds of live butterflies in our tropical butterfly house. Discover their amazing life cycle from chomping caterpillars to pupae and beyond. Take on challenges, try out fun games and activities and be amazed at the variety of these beautiful creatures.

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Visit the Dinosaurs gallery

Dinosaurs gallery | tickets Free timed tickets: get in quicker
5-27 April 2014

Jump the dino queue and save time this half term. Book online now then print your e-tickets, or show staff your smartphone on entry.

You can still visit the gallery without a ticket but may need to queue at busy times.

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Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants Ice age mammal exhibition
23 May - 7 September 2014
10.00-17.50. Waterhouse gallery

Travel back to the Ice Age and face the largest mammals to ever walk the Earth. Experience life as a mammoth: test your tusk jousting and trunk swinging skills. See life-size models, huge fossils and real skeletons.

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Multimedia guide

multimedia guide Handheld multimedia guide
Available to hire all day


Discover the stories and science behind our specimens and exhibits. Pick up a touchscreen guide, take it with you and explore the Museum.

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Dino Snores

Dino Snores tickets Sleepover event for kids
10 May 2014 - sold out
19.30-9.30 next day. Central Hall.

Stalk the Museum's corridors by night, take part in a torch-lit dinosaur trail and much more. Afterwards, sleep in the Central Hall, if you dare...

For children aged 7-11 years old. Minimum 5 children and 1 adult per group. Question? Email the Dino Snores team.

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Cannibalism: What’s All the Fuss?

Buy TicketsAfter Hours discussion at Lates
25 April 2014


Join a discussion event exploring early human cannibalism and the reasons it’s still taboo.

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Dino Snores for Grown-ups

Dino Snores for Grown-ups tickets
All-night event for adults
16 May 2014, sold out
19.30-9.30 next day. Central Hall.

Enjoy a unique evening of food, music, science, art and cinema in London's celebrated home of the dinosaurs. And, if you can tear yourself away from the activities, sleep over.

More information about Dino Snores for Grown-ups.

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Conference: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

Conference: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story One-day conference
Saturday 31 May, 9.00-16.45
Flett Theatre

Hear from scientists behind the exhibition in this one-day conference. Speakers include Prof Chris Stringer and Dr Nick Ashton. Includes lunch and a visit to the exhibition.

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Emotional Evolution

emotional-evolution After Hours discussion at Lates
30 May 2014, 19.00-21.00

Take part in a lively discussion as a team of experts examine language, love and intelligence.

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Night Safari: Back from the Field

Night Safari Back from the Field Evening scientist-led tour
9 June 2014
19.00-22.00. Central Hall

Meet Museum scientists just back from a scientific expedition. Hear about their methods, findings and why their work is so valuable. Then see specimens and enjoy a tour by night.

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  • At certain times of year you can book free Dinosaur gallery tickets online.

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