Exhibitions

Being Human

Now on
  • Free
  • Permanent exhibition
Photograph of a museum gallery space with display cases and exhibits. In the foreground is a woman wearing a face covering and a pair of yellow over the ear headphones. She is in the process of plugging the headphones into the socket of an audio exhibit. To the right of her is another woman also wearing a face covering who is looking up at a transparent model of human being. In the far distance is a man, also wearing a face covering who is exploring the exhibiton.

At every turn the visitor will find something to fascinate.

The Times

Being Human explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. It reflects our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge, and our changing relationships with ourselves, each other and the world.

Featuring 50 artworks and objects, the gallery is divided into four sections: Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection, and Environmental Breakdown. Discover a refugee astronaut carrying their belongings to an unknown destination, sniff a perfumed bronze sculpture that smells of breast milk, listen to an epidemic jukebox, and watch a fast-food outlet slowly flood.

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Free admission

Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times

Being Human gallery, level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large-print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery

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