Plan your visit and find out about the Centre's facilities, its collections and science.
Open until 22.00 in summer during our monthly Lates with MasterCard evenings.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The Darwin Centre opened to the public in 2009 and houses the Museum's world-class collections and our working scientists.
The Darwin Centre Cocoon building houses some of the world's most historic and important specimens.
More than 200 scientists work on vital research in the Darwin Centre and look after its 20 million specimens.
Pick up your free NaturePlus card and collect highlights of your Cocoon visit along with bonus features to explore later online.
Scientists working in the Darwin Centre and Cocoon reveal incredible facts about the collections they look after.
Explore the building, from the spectacular atrium to the gigantic Cocoon inside its glass box.
Watch film clips of HRH Prince William and Sir David Attenborough officially opening the building in 2009.