The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project.
Visitors to the museum can continue to enjoy exhibitions during the refurbishment in two new galleries on the lower ground floor, next to the Aquarium which is open as normal.
The Animals and Us exhibition is in Lecture Theatre Two and features a broad selection of the museum collections. The family-friendly exhibition shows how animals feature in all aspects of our lives, including religion, sport, entertainment and fashion.
The museum’s art collection will be represented in a new exhibition, also on the lower ground floor, to open on Saturday, December 10.
Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition will feature a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs.
It is anticipated the museum will reopen to the public in 2018.