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.
Find out how to get to the Darwin Centre and where all the great places to explore inside are.
Get a sneak preview of what the spectacular Cocoon experience reveals.
Glimpse some of the incredible exhibits and amazing views and activities inside Cocoon, so you know what to look for on your visit.
Join in exciting events and shows in this high-tech studio space.
Find out about UK biodiversity and how you can get involved in nature activities.
When you visit the Darwin Centre, pick up your free NaturePlus card to collect highlights of your visit along with bonus features to explore later online. Find out more.
Witness the dramatic effect of climate change at this visually stunning wall display of moving images, films and graphics.
Uncover the vital work that Museum scientists do in the Darwin Centre's state-of-the-art labs.
Be dazzled by the dramatic designs of the Darwin Centre cocoon building.
Explore the fantastic learning activities and events for schools.
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Enjoy some of the momentous moments at the royal celebrations for the Darwin Centre's 2009 opening.
Watch some of our Darwin Centre videos from the earliest development stages to the spectacular royal opening event.
Marvel at 100s of specimens, displays and interactives.
Explore the specimen collection
See scientists at work on vital research and delve into the science of nature.
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