The spaces in the Waterhouse building - Waterhouse Way, North Hall and Images of Nature - feature high rising archways and boast the beautiful terracotta characteristics associated with the Grade I listed building, as well as some of the most complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals.
Guests will travel through the Earth Hall for a drinks reception around Sophie the Stegosaurus or in the Birds gallery, before dining with a view of the giant sloth in Waterhouse Way. This is an ideal space for dinners, drinks receptions and networking events, accommodating up to 250 guests for dinner and 400 guests for standing reception.
From the Earth Hall entrance, guests can explore the Earth’s molten laver core and arrive in their very own private dining setting within the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery and Earth’s Treasury. The spaces in the Earth galleries are ideal for unusual dining experiences, quirky drink receptions, exhibitions and product launches.
On the Darwin Centre side of the Museum, the Images of Nature gallery is perfect for intimate dining experiences from 10 to 80 or standing receptions for up to 200 guests. Ideal for smaller capacities, it can be brought to life for any brand with projection and gobo techniques across the arching ceilings.
For an experience where the exhibits around you form a central part of the entertainment, Whale hall is ideal, hosting dinners for 40 and receptions for up to 150.
Lucy Meehan, Senior Event Manager at Natural History Museum comments: “There are many hidden gems in the Museum and the addition of these magnificent spaces to our venue hire roster provides organisers with increased flexibility, especially for smaller capacity, standalone events. The new companies on our Accredited Suppliers list announced earlier this year also reflect this changing status to ensure that functions of all capacities and budgets are catered for. This is an exciting time for the Museum as we prepare to wish Dippy well before he heads on tour to other museums and spaces around the UK and welcome the Blue Whale to Hintze Hall in summer 2017.
The Museum’s many intriguing galleries, currently including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Guide and Other Worlds are also now available for standalone private viewing experiences, allowing VIP groups to browse the collections at their leisure, accompanied with cocktails and canapés.
All the spaces are available now with the exception of North Hall and Waterhouse way, which are opening their doors from 1st January 2017.