NHM Exhibit to open this December

The National History Museum, in conjunction with Wizarding World, have announced that their Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibit has officially been rescheduled to open this December 9th. It will run right up until August 2021, closing only for Christmas the 24th – 26th of December.

The exhibit was originally planned to open May 22nd 2020 and run until January 3rd 2021 but had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions.

To recap on the exhibition initiative:

BBC One is creating a new documentary, to be presented by Stephen Fry, which will dive into the fascinating history of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring beasts (we’ll have more news on when that will air soon, so watch this space).

Both the documentary and exhibition will look at remarkable animal behaviours and abilities in the natural world, and explore the history as well as connections that inspired and helped bring to life the magical creatures of the Wizarding World. Beasts, both magical and Muggle, will have their stories told, from 11,000-year-old woolly rhinos to Erumpents and Zouwus. Through innovative storytelling, both teams hope to inspire visitors and viewers to help care for and protect the planet today, and in the future.

Visitors will learn about the character of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who made his first appearance in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the Museum’s own scientists, Newt dedicates his life to better understanding and protecting wildlife and the environments they rely on. 

Clare Matterson CBE, Executive Director of Engagement at the Museum, says, ‘Bringing characters from the wizarding world together with some of the most fantastic creatures from the natural world will produce a captivating experience that will show how the natural world has inspired legends and stories that have enthralled generations. 

After being introduced to the mythical creatures and some of the real animals which may have inspired their tales, visitors will familiarise themselves with the tools and techniques used by both Newt and real-world scientists before discovering fantastic beasts for themselves. 

In addition to the international tour and documentary, a physical book about the exhibition will be released by Bloomsbury, while Pottermore will be releasing a digital and audio book in the future.

Tickets will be on sale November 9th for Wizarding World Gold members (including a 10% discount), Wizarding World Fan Club account holders and NHM mailing list subscribers will have access November 11th, with general sale will go live on November 12th.

Tickets cost £22 per adult and £13.25 for a child (aged 4-16).

To find out more about the exhibition and to purchase your tickets, you can visit the NHM website.