A unique and intimate venue

The Images of Nature Gallery at the Natural History Museum provides a beautiful and intimate setting for guests. With seating for up to 80 guests, the gallery shows historic prints, watercolours and modern images of how artists and scientists view the natural world. Star specimens and exhibits include some of the first scientific images of Australian wildlife, observed by Ferdinand Bauer on the voyage of HMS Investigator (1801-1805)Franz Bauer’s intricate illustrations of orchids and other exotic plants introduced to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Roelandt Savery’s famous dodo painting, with a more scientifically accurate interpretation of the extinct bird by Julian Pender Hume, interactive screens, where guests can explore a variety of artworks and a drawing wall.

 

Dinners – Up to 80

Receptions – Up to 150

 

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Venue History

The history of the Natural History Museum goes back to over 250 years. The origins of the museum lie with Sir Hans Sloane, who was both a physician and a collector. Sir Hans Sloane donated his impressive collection of natural curiosities to the nation in 1753.

This collection however originally was given to the British Museum – once the collection grew with other donations, Sir Richard Owen the British Museum’s natural history collection’s Superintendent persuaded the government to move the collection to a new museum.

The site where the new museum would stand was initially occupied by what was called ‘the ugliest building in London’ – this building held the International Exhibition of 1863. The new museum was officially declared open in 1963, however different sections before this year had already been opened to the public.