The Great Exhibition

Illustration of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851

Event schedule details

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June


Event location details

Attenborough Studio

Natural History Museum

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park in London in 1851. It showcased science, technology, art and design from around the world and the success of the Exhibition led to the creation of a permanent Museums Quarter in London where the Natural History Museum stands today.

Join Principal Curator Richard Sabin and Head of Conservation Lorraine Cornish to explore the awe and wonder of this magnificent exhibition and the profound impact the exhibition had on science and society.

Visitor information

Book free advance tickets on the Natural History Museum website ahead of the Festival weekend to reserve your place at this event.


To plan your visit, you can download a copy of the timed events schedule and map (pdf) or see the printed programme (pdf)

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talks and tours
Illustration of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851