Visiting the Darwin Centre

Plan your visit and find out about the Centre's facilities, its collections and science.

Check our daily event calendar

Opening times: 10.00-17.50
Entrance is free
No advance booking is required

Open until 22.00 in summer during our monthly Lates with MasterCard evenings.

Getting to the Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre is in the Orange Zone. Use the Cromwell Road entrance to visit. Go past the Diplodocus skeleton in Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) into the Blue Zone's Dinosaur Way corridor. The entrance is at the end of Dinosaur Way. See the Orange Zone map.

Central information desk: plan your visit

Staff are on hand to advise on your Darwin Centre visit at the Museum's central Hintze Hall information desk. Find out about the Centre's main attractions, all free:

  • atrium
  • self-guided Cocoon tour
  • guided Spirit Collection tours
  • drop-in Nature Live talks, Animal Vision Show, interactive film, short films, all in the Attenborough Studio
  • Centre for UK Biodiversity identification service
  • Courtyard

Darwin Centre Café

The Darwin Centre Café is at the entrance to the Centre on the ground floor near the Cocoon lift. It serves hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Accessible facilities

There are accessible lifts and toilets in the Darwin Centre. Check our access guide.

The Darwin Centre is about 300m from the accessible entrance on Exhibition Road and 175m from the rear car park. If you need assistance planning your visit please call +44 (0)20 7942 5000

  • Darwin Centre seen from the Museum's Wildlife Garden
    About the Darwin Centre

    The Darwin Centre opened to the public in 2009 and houses the Museum's world-class collections and our working scientists.

  • Specimens in the Darwin Centre

    The Darwin Centre Cocoon building houses some of the world's most historic and important specimens.

  • Darwin Centre science
    Darwin Centre science

    More than 200 scientists work on vital research in the Darwin Centre and look after its 20 million specimens.

  • NaturePlus in the Darwin Centre
    NaturePlus in the Darwin Centre

    Pick up your free NaturePlus card and collect highlights of your Cocoon visit along with bonus features to explore later online.

  • Entomologist Blanca Huertas
    Meet our Darwin Centre science guides

    Scientists working in the Darwin Centre and Cocoon reveal incredible facts about the collections they look after.

  • The Darwin Centre's lower ground floor
    Architectural highlights

    Explore the building, from the spectacular atrium to the gigantic Cocoon inside its glass box.

  • Prince William
    VIP opening speeches at the royal event

    Watch film clips of HRH Prince William and Sir David Attenborough officially opening the building in 2009.