Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature opened at London’s Natural History Museum this week, with tickets available to book until spring 2021.
Showcasing creatures from the natural and mythical worlds, the ambitious exhibition combines elements from film, television, literature, and science with spectacular digital effects to explore fantastic beasts in all their forms.
In a first for visitors, specimens and artefacts from the Museum’s scientific collection are displayed side by side with creatures from the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories.
Visitors will get to see a tiger and a Galápagos marine iguana alongside wizarding world specimens including an Erumpent horn and the dragon skull from Professor Lupin’s classroom, a hoax mermaid and unicorn horn, among other fascinating exhibits.
There will also be the chance to compare the camouflage tactics of a jaguar to that of the wizarding world’s Demiguise, and come face to face with a giant oarfish, the world’s longest bony fish – thought to be the inspiration for mythical sea serpents.
The exhibition also offers a chance and learn how the natural world has inspired some of the most incredible folk tales while celebrating all the fantastic beasts we have the privilege of sharing our planet with, and the very real threats they face.
Clare Matterson CBE, Executive Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, says, ‘We cannot wait to share this thrilling experience with our visitors. No sooner will they set foot inside that they will journey through magical realms and walk alongside some of the most fascinating creatures in the world.
Visitors can also enjoy an immersive digital experience from Google Arts & Culture, created in partnership with the Museum, featuring highlights from the exhibition and fascinating insights from Museum scientists and curators as they investigate the details of some of the specimens on display.
Tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature can be booked until 31st March 2021 via the Museum’s website. The exhibition is free to Natural History Museum members and children under 3 years.
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature is the official book inspired by the spectacular exhibition, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books – available to buy now from Amazon: