Spaces for hire

The Museum offers the perfect venue for a conference or reception. The events team can tailor a package to suit your needs - from a full conference in the lecture theatre, to a small drinks party in the Main Court.

Main Court

A stunning Victorian neo-Gothic space within the heart of the Natural History Museum, built in 1860 and in use as a museum ever since. A world class natural history collection, and stonework and decoration with Pre-Raphaelite associations available for guests to view. The perfect space for a large reception or small dinner, with that extra 'wow' factor. Atmospheric backdrop for talks, recitals (excellent acoustics), filming or photography shots.

The Main Court at the Museum


Dining: 120

Buffet/drinks reception: up to 400

Theatre-style seating: 90

Upper Gallery

This long, tiled first floor gallery space overlooks the Main Court of the Museum, with spectacular views of the highly decorative neo-Gothic ironwork of the roof. Housing the Museum's café by day, this folds away, creating a large open space which can be adapted as needed for dining, receptions, fashion shows and filming.

Table set in Museum gallery


Dining: 120

Buffet/drinks reception: 250

Theatre-style seating: 80

Lecture Theatre

Traditional style tiered lecture theatre with lower level and mezzanine seating areas and excellent AV facilities.

The Museum's traditional style tiered lecture theatre


Sits 300


A flexible, modern space with kitchen and toilets, attached to the main building. The rooms interconnect to create one space, or can be divided into three separate break-out rooms. Suitable for small seminars, training sessions or workshops.



Theatre-style seating: 50

Classroom: 25

Boardroom: 20

Solas Room

A unique space with murals by Rev. Richard St. John Tyrwhitt, an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites, and large wooden boardroom table. Occasionally available for small dinners or board meetings. Limitied VIP availability.

The Solas Room


Boardroom: 20

Dinner: 20

Theatre-style seating: 30

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