NHMLates - May @ Natural History Museum, London, London [26 May]

NHMLates - May

18:00 - 22:00

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Natural History Museum, London
Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD London, United Kingdom
Which beasts once roamed Trafalgar Square?

This month at Lates, explore the nature on our doorstep — past, present and future. Put your identification skills to the test in our Wildlife Garden, come face-to-face with British species you may have never even heard of, and discover how to help conserve our natural history.

British natural history is rich and varied, familiar and surprising.

The plants, animals and fossils found in the UK are the best studied and recorded in the world, yet they often go unnoticed in our day-to-day lives. So come along to Lates to celebrate and explore the diverse and ever-changing wildlife that exists on our shores.

**What's on?**

*Hippos in Trafalgar Square
Attenborough Studio at 19.15 and 20.15, Free

Can you imagine rhinos and mammoths wandering Uxbridge, or giant lions and hippos roaming Trafalgar Square?

Join Museum scientist, Roula Pappa, for a closer look at the fossils that have been unearthed around the city.

*Behind-the-scenes at Lates: Spirit Collection
Tickets £10

Join us for an after dark behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

As we explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves, you’ll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

You’ll meet Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research.

*Pop-up science stations

**Dangerous beauties: the world's tiniest insects
Fossil way in the Green Zone

Discover the miniature, ethereal world of British chalcid wasps, as Museum curator Natalie Dale-Skey exhibits specimens from our collection and stunning magnified images of these beautiful insects.

**The Art of British Nature
Images of Nature in the Blue Zone

Create your own masterpiece with a specimen drawing session in celebration of our current Art of British Nature exhibition, while seating amongst illustrations from our 300 year old collection.

**British species identification

Learn how to identify common British species that are abundant in spring time, with the help of the team from the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity.

Find out how and why we can accurately record British species and discover some of the more bizarre and exotic species the team have encountered.

**Wildlife Garden

Spring is in full swing and the Museum’s Wildlife Garden is a buzz with action. Enjoy an evening visit to the garden. Look out for moorhens with their first broods of chicks, robins, wrens and blackbirds building nests in woodland areas and hedges in bloom If you’re lucky, you might see pipistrelle bats hunting for midges and other small flies as the sun sets.

**London Wildlife Trust
Dino way in the Blue Zone

London Wildlife Trust is dedicated to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces, engaging London's diverse communities through free access to nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and education. Drop in to find out how we can and help conserve London’s wildlife.

**Thames 21
Fossil way in the Green Zone

The Thames and its ecosystems are incredibly important for humans and wildlife. Rivers, canals and stretches of open water are the perfect antidote to urban living and Thames 21 work tirelessly to re-wild and protect them every year. Visit Thames 21 to discover how to enjoy, protect and enhance the Thames: London’s lifeline.

**Fabulous food and drinks**

Find fantastic hot meals in The Kitchen and enjoy cocktails, wine, pale ale, lager and soft drinks and snacks at the bars in the North Hall and Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery.


Buy your tickets to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at #NHMLates. Tickets sell very quickly, so why not book ahead.

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