The Darwin Centre protects and houses the Museum's most valuable specimen collections. It is a public gallery and events space for visitors and a world-leading research facility. Our scientists work here.
Designed by internationally renowned C F Møller Architects of Denmark, construction began in June 2006. The Darwin Centre opened to the public on 15 September 2009.
The Centre cost £78 million and took around 25 months and 280 people to build it.
The building is the most significant expansion of the Museum since it moved to South Kensington in 1881.
There are 80 million specimens at the Natural History Museum with 17 million insects and three million plant specimens looked after in the Darwin Centre and its Cocoon building.