What's on in the Darwin Centre

Check our daily calendar for tours, talks, shows and films in the Darwin Centre and Courtyard. Most Darwin Centre events are free.

The Cocoon tour is self-guided so you can visit at any time. You can drop in to Attenborough Studio talks, shows and films at set times.

Spirit Collection Tours are timed. Book on the day of your visit at any Museum information desk.

Next events in the Darwin Centre
  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    23 September 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    24 September 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    25 September 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    26 September 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    29 September 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • Life in the Herbarium
    Life in the Herbarium

    23 September 2014 14:30

    What is a museum herbarium? Come and meet a Museum curator who looks after some of the plants we keep there.

  • Who do you think you really are? Interactive film
    Who do you think you really are? Interactive film

    23 September 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    24 September 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    25 September 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    27 September 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    28 September 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

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    Augmented reality brings extinct creatures to life in the studio in our interactive film about evolution.

  • Nature Through the Lens
    Nature Through the Lens

    23 September 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    24 September 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    25 September 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    26 September 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    27 September 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

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    This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

  • David Attenborough: Life on Camera
    David Attenborough: Life on Camera

    23 September 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    24 September 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    25 September 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    26 September 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    27 September 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

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    Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

  • Wildscapes
    Wildscapes

    23 September 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    24 September 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    25 September 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    26 September 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    27 September 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

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    Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

  • Cocoon
    Cocoon

    23 September 2014,

    24 September 2014,

    25 September 2014,

    26 September 2014,

    27 September 2014,

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    Take a self-guided tour in the futuristic Cocoon and explore our insect and plant specimen collections and latest research.

  • Spirit Collection Tours
    Spirit Collection Tours

    24 September 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    25 September 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    26 September 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    27 September 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    28 September 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • Hunting for Ammonites
    Hunting for Ammonites

    24 September 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    12 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we meet a scientist who has travelled the world in search of ammonites.

  • Piecing it together: Ancient human discoveries
    Piecing it together: Ancient human discoveries

    25 September 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Hear the story of a rare and important human fossil uncovered in Britain.

  • Attenborough Studio events: Science Uncovered
    Attenborough Studio events: Science Uncovered

    26 September 2014 15:00 - 21:30

    Live animals and live chats with NASA, crime-fighting insects and coral reefs: join Museum scientists in topical discussions.

  • Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur
    Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur

    27 September 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Can a palaeontologist convince you that the little known Lambeosaurus more interesting than the fearsome T. rex?

  • A Sting in the Tail
    A Sting in the Tail

    28 September 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    29 September 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Animals can have a dangerous streak. Today we'll find out about the more venomous species in our collections.

  • Killer Bugs
    Killer Bugs

    30 September 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us to discover predator bugs, from the exotic assassin bug to the common pond skater, and find out how they strike.

  • Eaten Alive
    Eaten Alive

    3 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Hear from a Museum scientist about the wonders of parasitoid wasps and how you could spot some in your garden.

  • Fabulous Fungi and Terrific Toadstools
    Fabulous Fungi and Terrific Toadstools

    5 October 2014 12:30, 14:30

    Join us as we take a closer look at the weird and wonderful world of British fungi.

  • Pollen Fever
    Pollen Fever

    7 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Beyond sneezing: discover why Museum scientists study our huge pollen collection.

  • Harvest and Hibernation in the Wildlife Garden
    Harvest and Hibernation in the Wildlife Garden

    9 October 2014 14:30

    Appreciate the beauty of autumn via a live video link to the Wildlife Garden.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    11 October 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    29 October 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    8 November 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    13 December 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00

    A fun show investigating a world only visible to certain animals.

  • Meteorites Uncovered
    Meteorites Uncovered

    11 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    27 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum scientist who uses CT scanning to look inside the meteorites in our collection.

  • Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
    Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

    11 October 2014 15:15 - 15:45,

    8 November 2014 15:15 - 15:45,

    13 December 2014 15:15 - 15:45

    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • The Hidden Depths of Lake Baikal
    The Hidden Depths of Lake Baikal

    13 October 2014 14:30

    Come and discover more about Lake Baikal - the oldest and deepest lake in the world.

  • What's your Poison... or Venom?
    What's your Poison... or Venom?

    15 October 2014 14:30

    Join a Museum scientist to find out why being venomous can be useful and discover some of the deadliest creatures on Earth.

  • Nature News Review
    Nature News Review

    16 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a panel of Museum scientists to dig deeper into their favourite natural history news stories, from hobbits to bluebells.

  • Battling Parasitic Disease
    Battling Parasitic Disease

    17 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum biologist working to fight a microscopic killer.

  • What on Earth is That?
    What on Earth is That?

    18 October 2014 12:30, 14:30

    Have you ever found a fossil, bone, rock or tooth and wondered exactly what it is?

  • Flesh Flies
    Flesh Flies

    21 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a curator with a passion for flesh flies, a diverse group, which includes species essential to forensic research.

  • Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers
    Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers

    24 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    25 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    26 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Some of the world's leading wildlife photographers share their experiences and techniques.

  • Behind the Scenes: The General Herbarium
    Behind the Scenes: The General Herbarium

    29 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us for a live video link deep into the heart of the Museum's collections.

  • Antarctica:  The Frozen Continent
    Antarctica: The Frozen Continent

    30 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    What is it like to live and work in one of the most remote places on Earth and why do scientists want to go there?

  • The Plants That Bite Back
    The Plants That Bite Back

    31 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we look at the different ways carnivorous plants catch their food, and discover the ones growing wild in Britain.