The Natural History Museum – Tring


In the 21st Century the hunting and collection of animal species from the wild for private collections is rightly abored and in many countries and cases a criminal offence. However the private collectors of a different time, driven by enquiry, collection and a different outlook on life, made significant contributions to our understanding of the natural world. Alfred Russell Wallace, co-author with Darwin of the original paper citing natural selection as the origin of species (now being honoured by a new statue being unveiled today by Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum, London), funded his enquiry of the natural world through the collection of specimens for collectors and academics. Indeed the very act of collection would have put him in the right place to see the environmental differences affecting each species he collected, just as Darwin had done during his voyages with Fitzroy on The Beagle.

The Natural History Museum at Tring, Walter Rothschild Building
Many animal collections from the Victorian period are now in the care of The Natural History Museum based in Kensington (Wallace’s included) The NHM also display further specimens at their additional museum in Tring, Hertfordshire. Based around the collection and once private museum of Lionel Walter Rothschild and located in the former Rothschild family estate of Tring Park, it provides a diverting and fascinating afternoon’s visit.

Walter Rothschild and his Zebra
Natural History Museum at Tring
The Walter Rothschild building
Akeman Street
HP23 6AP
Tel +44 (0)20 7942 6171
Opening times

Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
Sunday 14.00-17.00

Evolution pioneer honoured by statue and new wasp genus
Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild – Wikipedia

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