Visiting the Darwin Centre

Uncover the science of nature

Curious? Meet our Darwin Centre science guides in this video

The landmark Darwin Centre opened to the public in September 2009. Museum visitors can explore world-class science in action in a dramatic public space.

The Darwin Centre is a state-of-the-art science and collections facility. The building is the most significant expansion at the Museum since it moved to South Kensington in 1881.

See world-leading scientists at work, incredible specimens, exciting displays and much more.

Entrance is free
No advance booking is required

Find out about the Darwin Centre's many attractions including the spectacular Cocoon experience and high-tech Attenborough Studio.

Event highlights

  • Take the Cocoon tour and discover insects and plants like never before.
  • Look out for the Specimen Preparation Area and ask scientists your questions.
  • Have fun at the interactive kiosks and games.
  • Relax with a drink and snack in the atrium cafe.
  • Drop into free daily Nature Live talks and films in the Attenborough Studio.

Don't miss the Cocoon tour

Stunning specimens revealed

Marvel at 100s of specimens, displays and interactives.
Explore the specimen collection

Cutting-edge science in action

See scientists at work on vital research and delve into the science of nature.

Glimpse the grandeur of the building
Cocoon from below


View the breathtaking Darwin Centre cocoon building from all angles in our slideshow. See the latest photos.

Find out about the fearless abseilers who cleaned the cocoon exterior.
Cleaning the cocoon news article

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