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Exhibition Review : Colour and Vision at the Natural History Museum – 15th July to 6th November 2016


The Natural History Museum explores the way that nature perceives the world around them with its Colour and Vision exhibition that opens on 15 July 2016. The exhibition takes visitors through a 565 million year journey with hundreds of rarely displayed specimens, immersive art and digital imaging. Museum scientists have used the fossil record and genetic tools to document the earliest eyes, reconstruct the evolution of colour vision, and learn about the genes that produce pigments. The exhibition also offers insights into why humans and other animals perceive the world differently, and how colour has been used in a variety of ways to increase the success of particular species.


Entering the exhibition, visitors will be faced with Our Spectral Vision, a light installation by Liz West in which rays of light from every colour of the rainbow will beam through seven prisms made from special colour filter glass.


The rest of the exhibition uses rarely seen items from the vast Natural History Museum collection and the latest digital technology to tell the story about how the first creatures developed image-forming eyes and how colour vision changed the world over millions of years.


In the exhibition, there is Wall of Eyes which celebrates the diversity of vertebrate sight with more than 100 eyeballs from across the animal kingdom.


Some examples of colour and iridescence, from jewel beetles, butterflies and birds to fish, reptiles and shells are displayed in a five metre tall tower of specimens.


Many of the older specimens on show have been collected by famous naturalists including an octopus that was collected by Charles Darwin.


The exhibition considers that the human world is driven by colour and sight which influences design and fashion, even through to our possible choice of mates. This illustrates how evolution is still playing a part in our everyday lives.


This intriguing and entertaining exhibition uses a variety of media to ask visitors to look at colour and vision in a way that will allow them to understand  the story of its development over millions of years. Colour and vision is so fundamental to most humans existence that we rarely consider how it developed. The Natural History Museum will be offering a series of events that complement the exhibition and have worked closely with LG to use the latest OLED technology to display some of the beautiful and colourful images of the natural world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Dates and times: 15 July – 6 November 2016, 10.00 – 17.50

Admission: Adult £10.80, child and concession £5.40, family £27.00.

Free for Members, Patrons and children under four.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the National History Museum website here

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  1. Dear Natural History Museum, will this great Exhibition -Colour and Vision- travel to a nother museum im Europe?

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