Natural History Collections & Nightmares in a Bell Jar

Location: Tate Hall Museum, second floor

360 video & exhibition information 

The 360 video and information booklets below provide a brief overview of this exhibition so that you can enjoy our collections online. Please do visit us in person to find out more: https://vgm.liverpool.ac.uk/your-visit/

Watch the 360 exhibition video on YouTube 

Download the Nightmares in a Bell Jar app and exhibition information booklets to accompany your 360 video tour! App information is at the bottom of this page.

Further Information Booklets

Natural History - Elephant, Rhino & Pangolin


'Nightmares in a Bell Jar' 

In 2018 Leonie Sedman (Curator of Heritage and Collections Care) installed a new display of wet collection specimens in the Tate Hall Museum. The exhibition is aptly named ‘Nightmares in a Bell Jar’ and the creatures on display vary from repulsive reptiles to frightening fish.

Further Information Booklets

Nightmares in a Bell Jar Original Artwork

Nighmares in a Bell Jar booklet text

Activity Sheets

Design a Creature in a Bell Jar - Activity Sheet

Tate Hall Animal Colouring In - Activity Sheet

Sloth Colouring In - Activity Sheet

Nightmare in a Bell Jar App

You can now download an app to interact with this exhibition in the Tate Hall Museum and learn all about the creatures on display. You can either use it at the VG&M, the comfort of your own home or even when you're out and about. Take a screenshot of our creatures via the app - you can even do a #VGMNightmares selfie and tag us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


To download the app:

For Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nightmares-in-a-bell-jar/id1450255804

For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.liverpool.vgmar

You can watch a 'How To' video on our YouTube channel here and it shows you how to use the Nightmares in a Bell Jar app.


News Articles

Read the news article here and watch a video of the app in use at the VG&M.

Read how the app was made