Natural History Museum

We are creating advocates for the planet.

We face a planetary emergency, and nature needs our help more than ever. Our future depends on the natural world, but it is now changing fast under the influence of human behaviour.

By threatening natural systems, we threaten our own future. We must act now, we must act on the scientific evidence and we must act together.


The Natural History Museum remains a global source of curiosity, inspiration and joy. What you may not know is that we are a serious scientific research institute with 350 full time scientists and 150 PhD students. In the face of the planetary emergency, we are looking deeper into our planet’s past and present to help shape a new future. Encouraging collective exploration, participation and action. Choosing a better tomorrow, together. Find out more about how we are creating advocates for the planet here:

Our Mission: Advocates for the Planet | Natural History Museum – YouTube

We are passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and nature enthusiasts that will support us in our mission and vision of a future where people and planet thrive.  Green Careers Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the huge diversity of green careers both within the Museum and beyond, as well as inspiring people with the magnificent diversity of the natural world and encourage them to make a positive difference to the global future.

Schools, colleges and Universities: Book your visit and explore our programme...

Sustainability at the NHM

Sustainability is already at the heart of the Museum, but now we’re pledging to go even further and head towards net zero as fast as we can.

Find out more about the journey that we are on to achieve this here:

What We Do

Our expertise in taxonomy, systematics and mineralogy drives our research in securing the future of our food, health and natural materials.


Find out more about some of our projects here:

Our scientists work on a huge range of projects, improving our understanding of the natural world. Find out more about there important work here:

Space Research

Meet a space researcher who’s over the Moon about her work

Young and Black in Science

Patrick Campbell has been at the Museum since 1986. When he was made a fish curator in the Zoology department, he became one of the institution’s first Black curators.

Billions of Years of History

Nadine Gabriel is the Museum’s newest assistant curator of fossil mammals.

Inspiring Women

Some of our female scientists share how they began their careers, what they love about their jobs, and their advice for budding scientists.

Take part in our programme of events and activities

We want to support young people to be scientifically confident and literate. Nurturing the next generation of scientists and enthusiasts is crucial.

We offer a range of curriculum-linked workshops and programmes to support our mission to create advocates for the planet.

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Inspiring Teachers

Sometimes our teachers can inspire us to pursue careers we had never considered.

Hear from 3 Museum scientists who were inspired to work in science.


By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.


Volunteers are vital in the Museum’s work.  Find out more about how you can volunteer at the Museum in a variety of different roles.

Work Experience

Find out more about about spending a week away from the classroom learning about a specific job or area of Museum work.


Boost your career and develop skills and knowledge through first hand experience.  Find out more.

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