The Volcano and Earthquake area of the Natural History Museum allows guests to explore rare exhibits, film footage and the famous earthquake simulator. The size of the gallery means that this space lends itself well to standing drinks receptions for up to 200 guests. Whilst enjoying drinks and canapes guests will be able to explore the musuem’s fossil exhibits, see the animals that eveolved after the continents separated and even get a glimpse of the sea lava bombs, volcanic glass hair and crystals which were created under intense pressure beneath the Earth’s surface.



Receptions Only  – Up to 200


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.