Getting to and around the Darwin Centre

Find out where things are

The state-of-the-art Darwin Centre with its cocoon building, Attenborough Studio and Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity is located in the Museum's Orange Zone. It is accessed through the Natural History Museum.

To visit the Darwin Centre, use the main Museum entrance. From the Museum's Central Hall, go past the huge dinosaur skeleton, through the Blue Zone and walk along Dinosaur Way. At the end is the entrance to the new building.

Welcome area and cafe

The welcome area and cafe are on the ground floor as you enter the Darwin Centre. Staff are on hand to answer any questions and you can pick up a NaturePlus card. The cafe serves hot and cold drinks and snacks.

The Cocoon tour

Take the glass lift to the top (7th floor) and begin your self-guided tour. Follow the route down several levels on the continuous sloping walkway to the tour's 5th floor exit.

Inside Cocoon
Cocoon slope walkway

Looking down on the cocoon's sloped walkway

Cocoon's walkway is accessible for wheelchairs and there are resting stations and seated areas.

Exit the Cocoon tour from the lift on the lower ground floor of the Darwin Centre. There are separate lifts to and from the ground and lower ground floor.

Getting to the Attenborough Studio

The Attenborough Studio is located on the ground floor of the Darwin Centre at the far end of the welcome area. There are stairs to it from the lower ground floor. The studio has 64 seats and up to 6 wheelchair spaces. There is also an induction loop for visitors with hearing aids.

The impressive Climate Change Wall is situated by the Attenborough Studio's exit on the ground floor.

Getting to the  Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
Cocoon atirum and alcoves

The lower ground floor and Centre for UK Biodiversity alcoves

The Centre for UK Biodiversity is located on the lower ground floor of the Darwin Centre. There are also 2 alcoves cut into the outer cocoon building where you can look into the centre and view collections.

Spirit Collection Tours in the Zoology spirit building

The Spirit Collection Tours take place in the Zoology spirit building which is in the ground floor of the Darwin Centre near the Attenborough Studio entrance. Book your free tickets at the Central Hall information desk.

Accessible facilities in the Darwin Centre

There are accessible lifts to the Darwin Centre and toilets inside. Explore the Orange Zone map

Please note that the distance from the accessible entrance on Exhibition Road to the Darwin Centre is about 300m. From the rear car park to the Darwin Centre is approximately 175m. If you need assistance in planning your visit then please call +44 (0)20 7942 5000.

All the Museum's accessible facilities are listed in our main Access Guide.