Main Court

A stunning Victorian neo-Gothic space at the heart of the Museum, built in 1860 and in use as a museum ever since. The world-class natural history collection, and Pre-Raphelite era stonework and decoration are available for guests to view. The Main Court is the perfect space for a large reception or formal dinner, with that extra ‘wow’ factor, and provides an atmospheric backdrop for talks, recitals, filming or photography shoots.

The Main Court of the Museum is being transformed in 2022, with the large showcases replaced and beautiful new displays installed. During this time some displays will move or be removed, with some areas of the court temporarily inaccessible. Museum opening hours will remain as normal, daily from 10am to 5pm. Please visit for more information on the project.

Facilities: Large space with wireless internet access and option of adding additional audiovisual facilities, trestle tables and/or round dining tables

Accessibility: Full disabled access

Dining: 120
Buffet: 250
Drinks receptions: 400
Theatre: 100