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Natural History of Horror

The Science of Scary

Silhouette of monster for Natural History of Horror exhibition

General Info

- Free with paid museum admission
Free for Members

We have a strange curiosity for mysterious, eerie, and grotesque monsters. No wonder they are the main characters that give us that intense, heart-pounding burst of adrenaline that only horror movies can provide. Behind-the-scenes many of our favorite iconic monsters from the big screen are inspired by science and the natural world. Discover Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, through science, history, and the art of filmmaking. 


  • Discover 17 objects from NHM’s collections and four early Universal movie monsters.
  • Explore the scientific inspiration for each of these classic monsters.
  • Get a glimpse of rare movie props, film footage, hands-on interactives, and specimens. 



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