Origins: From Jungle to Lab.  The Story of Life's Complexity
Picture: Pinned Insect
People Ideas Tools Place Live
The Waterhouse Building

This stunning piece of Romanesque architecture dating from 1881 is the main exhibition space. This is all most people ever experience of the Natural History Museum—the rest happens behind the scenes.

What’s inside? Specimens of all descriptions, from animal to plant to mineral. The building itself boasts “specimens” of its own: intricate frescoes and terra-cotta carvings of plants and animals, intended by architect Alfred Waterhouse to represent life’s diversity.

image: Waterhouse building
back panorama next

Origins: Exploratorium: From Jungle to Lab

Comments on our Web site?
Tell us by using our
online survey.

© Exploratorium

Origins From Jungle to Lab: The Story of Life's Complexity Origins Exploratorium From Jungle to Lab