Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature at the Natural History Museum


Starling Sturnus vulgaris © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
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Follow the intertwined evolution of colour and sight in the natural world, with this immersive summer exhibition. Read More


Take a colourful journey through the evolution of the animal kingdom with Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature at the Natural History Museum.

On display are more than 350 specimens, from multi-coloured birds and insects, to fossils and specimens from the national eye collection, which together chart and illustrate the 565-million-year-old development of sight and colour in the natural world.

Discover how the perception of colour varies between species and how it is used by mimics and colour-shifters as a survival mechanism. Test your own relationship with the colour spectrum though a series of interactive installations. And witness how vibrant feathers, metallic insects and colourful birds have inspired dyes, paints and art, such as artist Liz West’s artwork, Our Spectral Vision, which opens this very exhibition.


Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria/Paddington. Either use pedestrian tunnel from South Kensington station and exit where signposted or access via Exhibition Road.

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