The Museum is based on three sites, at Tring in Hertfordshire, Wandsworth and, of course, our world famous building in South Kensington – but we are a global institution. We are home to one of the world’s most important natural history collections.

Behind the scenes, hundreds of scientists maintain and develop the collections, undertaking research that increases our understanding of nature and applying this knowledge to issues that affect us all – from the control of malaria to the sustainable use of the world’s resources.

The Museum’s permanent galleries and dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions attract over three million visitors every year. Millions more use our website which will give you further detail of our scientific and public engagement work.

Diversity is at the heart of what we are about – the diversity of our people, our collections, our visitors and the natural world.

We are here to maintain and develop our collections, using them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world. This is our mission and we believe it has never been more topical or necessary. If you share that view, we look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Michael Dixon – Museum Director

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