KS4: Careers in science

3. Before your visit: Cocoon information

Find out what to expect during the Cocoon experience at the Darwin Centre.

The picture above is a cross-section of the cocoon building. What do you already know about cocoons in nature?

Cocoons are the protective coverings for caterpillars as they morph into butterflies. The cocoon building is like a protective covering for all our insect and plant specimens.

During your visit make sure you find out how many specimens the Natural History Museum looks after. Is it more or less than you expected?

Key to the cross-section of the Darwin Centre
  1. Main Museum building
  2. Entrance to the Darwin Centre.
  3. Start the Cocoon self-led tour after going up in the lifts to floor 7.
    After your journey through the exhibition you will return in the lifts, to the atrium on the first floor.
  4. Cocoon experience.
  5. Botany and entomology laboratories where scientists carry out research.

Find out more about visiting the Cocoon experience from the Cocoon visiting information page.

Go to Cocoon visiting information for schools


Next step: Cocoon review

School bookings

Book all school activities in advance on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00 during term time and 10.00-13.00 in the holidays.

Darwin Centre links