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Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:30
filming in the public galleries takes place once all visitors have left the building at 18:00 and can continue until 09:00 the following morning. filming in back of house areas can take place during the day providing the areas are not in use for museum activities.
a rear and front car park provide excellent, easy-access loading bay facilities for production teams and vehicles.
the natural history museum, situated in the heart of the west london, is a spectacular and versatile location for filming. from the soaring romanesque arches of the hintze hall, to the clean contemporary feel of the darwin centre and the numerous back of house areas in between, the museum’s diverse spaces have hosted a vast array of filming projects from large-scale film shoots to television documentaries.
the world-famous waterhouse architecture makes the hintze hall one of the most distinctive buildings in london and a work of art. this beautiful terracotta grade 1 listed building boasts architectural features such as its striking and iconic entrance, a grand staircase, an intricate hand-painted ceiling and relief carvings of plants and animals. in the centre of the mosaic floor stands a 26m replica diplodocus skeleton.
in contrast to the hintze hall the darwin centre offers a cleaner more modern backdrop. the amazing architectural achievement of the giant cocoon within the darwin centre provides world-class storage for precious collections and new laboratories, some of which can be used for filming. the smooth white curves of this futuristic structure are encased in a glass atrium that stretches over 8 floors. the steel struts and reflective glass together with the white limestone floor and curved concrete walls create a contemporary blank canvas for filming, whilst its exterior amphitheatre provides parking for shoot vehicles.
the majority of the museum consists of back-of-house areas which include multiple libraries, herbariums, collection spaces and basement corridors that offer wonderfully diverse filming locations.
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