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Sexual Nature - Natural History Museum

Sexual Nature

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Sexual Nature is on display at the Natural History Museum until October 2, 2011.

The exhibition takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey of sexual and scientific enlightenment, a journey in which they can explore the intriguing sexual and reproductive behaviour of animals and plants.

The exhibition contains many rare Museum specimens like London Zoo’s famous Guy the gorilla, a majestic red deer stag and a huge sperm whale. There are also live creatures such as guppies and stick insects.

As well as stunning BBC wildlife video projections, onscreen films and animation revealing intricate details and flamboyant displays of birds, mammals and insects, actress Isabella Rossellini’s quirky Green Porno short films are also on show, interpreting the sex lives of animals.

The exhibition also reveals many facts about sex in the natural world. For instance, did you know the barnacle’s penis can be 30 times its body length, the word ‘orchid’ is Greek for testicles, and snakes are doubly endowed?

The final displays explore sex from the human perspective and the similarities between humans and other animals in choosing a mate, as well as what sets us apart.

NB: The exhibition, which contains frank information and imagery about sex, is aimed at adults and older children over 16.

Tickets (prices include a voluntary donation to the Museum): adults £8, child and concession £4, family £21, Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under.

Times: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5.50pm, last admission 5.15pm.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000