Charles Darwin

This bookable activity is free and has curriculum links appropriate for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils.

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Meet Charles Darwin in the Museum galleries to hear about his life and some of his theories. Why did he visit the Galapagos Islands and what did he see when he was there?

Overview of the session:

  • Charles Darwin introduces himself and shares stories about his interest in collecting beetles. He uses beetle specimens to introduce the idea of evolution by natural selection.
  • Darwin explains why he was on the HMS Beagle and how the voyage changed his life and set him thinking about his theory of evolution.
  • Darwin talks about his family and how he continued his research throughout his life, publishing On the Origin of Species in 1859.

You can book to meet Charles Darwin in the Museum or via videoconference.

Learning themes: Adaptation to the environment, ideas and evidence in science

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 30 places

Booking: book in advance by calling the Museum booking team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555.