Natural History Museum launches range of beautiful NaturePlus cards, a high-tech passport to the Darwin Centre
The Natural History Museum today launches a series of beautiful NaturePlus cards, your passport to the Darwin Centre when it opens on 15 September 2009. Take a NaturePlus card with you to personalise your journey around Cocoon. Use it to collect your favourite exhibits and specimens – from butterflies to diatoms – and then discover more online at home, where you can also join in discussions with Museum scientists.
NaturePlus cards are free and come in a range of designs featuring beautiful images from nature, such as a bumblebee (Bombus sp), butterfly (Pheobis sennae), pine cone (Pinus coultari) and seaweed (Palmaria palmata).
Cocoon is a self-guided experience deep into the 65-metre-long, eight-storey-high cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre. Here, you will discover some of the 20 million plants and insects protected by the enormous structure – from huge tarantulas to metre-high poisonous plants. For the first time see into the hidden world of scientific research, where Museum scientists work on cutting-edge research that could help protect the future of our planet.
Along the way, installations highlight the work of our scientists and feature fun, interactive features that can be saved to your NaturePlus card using barcode technology. When you get home you can then access these highlights, as well as special bonus features, by typing your unique NaturePlus card number into www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus.
The NaturePlus area of the Natural History Museum website gives you your own online space. Use it to store and explore the highlights you have collected on your visit, save and bookmark other content, take part in forums and blogs with Museum scientists and receive RSS feeds for news, along with updates, events, scientific surveys and exclusive offers.
Entrance to the Darwin Centre will be free. Advance booking for timed slots is available now for visitors wanting to be among the first to experience Cocoon by calling 020 7942 5725. You can also get your free NaturePlus card from the Natural History Museum now, or pick one up when you arrive at the Darwin Centre for your visit.
Cocoon is supported by GlaxoSmithKline and Anglo American. As leaders in their fields they support the Darwin Centre’s mission to promote the development of knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed to make sound decisions about the science-related issues we face every day.
Darwin Centre visitor information
Dates: open from 15 September 2009
Opening times: every day, 10.00–17.50 (last admission to Cocoon 17.00)
Admission: free, to book timed tickets for Cocoon call 020 7942 5725
Nearest tube: South Kensington