The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Access to the library is by appointment only.
Fishing-bait bloodworms have bee-sting bites
The bite of a bloodworm delivers venom that causes severe allergic reactions. Scientists studying the venom for the first time have discovered why it causes a reaction similar to that of a bee sting.
Meteorites expose Moon surface formation
Lunar meteorites contradict a theory of how the Moon's crust formed, originally based on Apollo mission samples.
Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth
New evidence from liverworts and beetles shows how the rise of flowering plants 100 million years ago created ideal conditions for a boom in terrestrial life.
Dinosaurs doing well before asteroid impact
A new analysis of fossils from the last years of the dinosaurs concludes that extra-terrestrial impact was likely the sole cause of extinction in most cases.
Survey debunks myth of 'flying ant day'
Warm weather this year and last has caused multiple flights of flying ants, often thought only to swarm once a year.
Researchers discover a rare case of internal differences between the sexes of one fish genus
A team of scientists, including Museum fish researcher Dr Ralf Britz, have discovered that in one genus of fish the swimbladder, the organ used for buoyancy in water, is greatly enlarged in the males.
Butterfly collection pinpoints brilliance of mimicry
New research on the Museum's Lepidoptera collection has shed light on how some butterflies pretend to be lethal.
New miniature fish discovered
A newly discovered fish species measuring up to 15.4mm long has added to the global diversity of 'miniature' fish.
Help stem the Asian shore crab invasion
The first sightings of a highly invasive crab from the northwest Pacific have been reported on mainland Britain.
Clever enemy could control invasive plant pest
An Indian fungus could soon help stop the spread of the damaging alien species Himalayan balsam.
NASA suggests humans could be on Mars by 2035
(Phys.org) —At the European Lunar Symposium held at the Museum earlier this month, NASA officials revealed that the Moon could be used as a practice ground for sending humans to Mars within 20 years.
Museum launches tree identification app
Leafsnap UK, a collaboration between Museum botanists and US software developers, could revolutionise summer walks.
Asian hornet hasn't yet spread from France to the UK
Vespa velutina, the Asian hornet, arrived in France around 2005 and has since spread throughout the north of the country. It has not yet been spotted in the UK.
Bee-flies and false widow spiders top Museum enquiry
Do bee mimics sting or arachnids bite are the most frequent questions put to our identification experts.
Scientists have named the 200th caecilian species
Natural History Museum scientists have named the 200th caecilian species, marking a landmark in our understanding of this enigmatic group of amphibians.