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T. rex springs back into action this Easter

Easter events and activities, 19 March – 3 April 2005

Celebrate spring and be one of the first to witness the new ‘sensing’ animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex this Easter at the Natural History Museum. An action packed programme of activities and workshops is planned at the Natural History Museum; join in making chocolate biscuits, creating spring music and discover more about life cycles and hibernation.

Easter-themed events and activities

Easter trail
Follow the Easter trail around the Museum to discover all the Easter-related specimens on display. The trail pack includes a free mystery dinosaur poster and egg trail activity scratch cards, plus some great egg-speriments that kids can try out at home. The Easter trail is suitable for children aged 10 and over.

Opening times: Monday–Saturday 10.00–17.50, Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Cost of trail: £2, available from the Museum Shop
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Crafty Nature workshops
Join our artists for exciting craft workshops using interesting materials, and make fun creations on the themes of evolution, nasty nature, frogs and nature’s mysteries. Best suited to children aged 3–7, no booking required.

Dates and times: 5, 12, 19, 26, 28 and 29 March, 11.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.00 Special Easter Craft workshops 28 and 29 March
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Easter activity: chocolate
Decorate your own chocolate biscuits with an Easter theme using interesting shapes and patterns inspired by the Natural History Museum.

Dates and times: 19, 20, 26 and 27 March, 15.30–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: £1.50 per biscuit
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Darwin Centre Live event
Easter Chocolate
This Easter, get a taste of the story behind chocolate. First made by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs in Central America, it is one of the most popular flavours in the world today. Discover more about the plant they called the ‘food of the Gods’, its medicinal properties and how it tastes the Mayan way. A must for chocoholics.

Dates and times: Monday 21 and Thursday 24 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Darwin Centre Live event
A Rabbit’s Tale
When not delivering eggs, bunnies have a mixed relationship with people – sometimes they’re pets, sometimes they’re pests and sometimes they end up on our plates. But did you know they only came to Britain less than 1,000 years ago? Discover how the humble rabbit conquered our country, with a little help from William I.

Dates and times: Tuesday 22 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Darwin Centre Live event
Crack Open the Egg
From slimy caviar to grand ostrich eggs, discover why eggs are perfectly adapted for their purpose in an ‘eggs-ploration’ of one of nature’s architectural masterpieces.

Dates and times: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre


Spring-themed events and activities

Darwin Centre Live event
Frog Spawn
Museum scientist Barry Clarke reveals the hidden secrets of a frog’s life, and de-mystifies their reappearance in gardens and parks in spring.

Dates and times: 12 and 19 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Darwin Centre Live event
Insects Alive
Where do insects go in winter? When do they become active again? How do they know when it’s spring? Enter the mysterious world of insect life cycles as we explore how butterflies, bees and wasps survive the seasons.

Date and time: 13 March, 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Darwin Centre Live series
Spring Back to Life
Spring has officially begun and nature is waking up. Join the Darwin Centre team to look at newly emerging plants and animals, and explore the significance of changing seasons in the cycle of life.

Dates and times: 14–18 March, 14.30 daily
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Darwin Centre Live series
Is Spring Still in Season?
Easter is when many plants and animals start their springtime. But with trees blossoming in September and chicks hatching in December are the seasons really all mixed up? Come and explore phenology, the study of how nature knows when to nest, flower and hatch.

Dates and times: Wednesday 23 and Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Spring Rhythm and Rhyme Percussion
Come and join this event and make spring music fill the Museum’s galleries. This drop-in activity is suitable for children aged five and over.

Dates and times: 30 and 31 March and 1 April, 13.00–14.00
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE, to reserve a place on the day please visit the Life Galleries information desk at the Cromwell Road entrance
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Permanent exhibitions, facilities and activities

Return of T. rex
Encounter the fiercest and smartest T. rex ever to set foot in the Museum. Waiting for you in the Dinosaurs gallery, this giant, two-legged meat-eater can sense when people are near, so be on your guard! Also on display is part of the first T. rex specimen ever unearthed, a lower jaw with 15 centimetre-long teeth. Fearsome features such as these inspired the naming of Tyrannosaurus rex, which means ‘king tyrant reptile’, exactly 100 years ago.

Dates: from 18 March 2005
Opening times: Monday–Saturday 10.00–17.50, Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

Investigate
Get a feel for how scientists work by doing it yourself. Bring your own questions or use some of ours at the Natural History Museum’s hands-on science centre, Investigate. Come and explore hundreds of real specimens from the natural world. These specimens form the evidence for your exploration of scientific ideas. Investigate encourages visitors to look closely at real objects using the many tools provided to find out more and ‘become scientists’.

Opening times: Monday–Friday 10.30–16.30, Saturday 10.00–16.30, Sunday 11.00–16.30. Please note that Investigate will be closed for essential maintenance from Saturday 2 April and will re-open Monday 11 April.
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/quest

Explorers backpacks
Pick up your passport, grab your binoculars and put on your backpack to become an explorer at the Natural History Museum! Filled with pens, paper, games and activities for families with children under seven, these bright red backpacks help you to navigate and explore the Museum’s galleries. Choose from themes including birds, mammals, oceans, primates and monsters.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50, Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE, £25 deposit required
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Action Stations
A chance for all the family to visit our nature trolleys and try a range of activities based on the theme nasty nature.

Dates and times: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 March, 11.00–16.30
11.00–16.00
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Storytelling and Poetry
The Natural History Museum has teamed up with poets from performance group Apples and Snakes to create a series of workshops exploring the words of nature. March sessions will look at hibernation and chocolate. These sessions are suitable for 7–12 year olds.

Dates and times: Sundays 20 and 27 March, 11.30–12.10, 12.30–13.10, 14.30–15.10
20 March – Return to Life after Hibernation, with Jared Louche
27 March – Chocolate, with Francesca Beard
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Gallery characters
Intriguing characters wander the galleries of the Natural History Museum sharing interesting scientific stories with all they meet. You might encounter palaeontologist Dorothea Bate who will take you on a journey of discovery with her fossil finds or pioneer fossil hunter Mary Anning who will invite you to examine some extraordinary fossil evidence. Sir Hans Sloane discusses his amazing personal collection and might mention his special role in bringing chocolate into our lives! Young visitors will enjoy meeting Circadian Sam, who will help them to sort out which animals should be asleep and which should be awake. William Smith was the first person to produce reliable geological maps and is considered the ‘father of geology’. Carl Linnaeus is an important scientist from the eighteenth century, join him to discover how he developed a brilliant idea for naming all living things.

Dates:
Dorothea Bate 19 and 20 March
Hans Sloane 21 and 24 March
Circadian Sam 22, 23 and 25 March
Carl Linnaeus 26 and 27 March
William Smith 28 and 30 March
Mary Anning 29 and 31 March
Times: 11.30–15.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000, Saturday and Sunday
020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington

CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information, please contact: (not for publication)
Becky Chetley, Assistant Press Officer
The Natural History Museum Press Office
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7942 51o6 / 5654
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7942 5354
Email: press@nhm.ac.uk

Issued January 2005