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
  • Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
    Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour

    31 July 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    1 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    2 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    3 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    4 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

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    Join our expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

  • Uncovering Treasure: From Collections to Exhibitions
    Uncovering Treasure: From Collections to Exhibitions

    31 July 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet a conservator to find out how we prepared coral specimens for our current exhibition.

  • Natural Histories: Dinosaurs
    Natural Histories: Dinosaurs

    1 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join palaeontologist Paul Barrett to discover how our understanding of dinosaurs has evolved over time.

  • The Secrets of Spider Dating
    The Secrets of Spider Dating

    2 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    In the world of spiders, attracting a mate can be a deadly task. Join us to find out more.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    5 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    8 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    12 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    19 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    26 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

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

  • Animal Vision for families (BSL)
    Animal Vision for families (BSL)

    8 August 2015 11:30 - 12:00

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

  • Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
    Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

    8 August 2015 15:30 - 16:15

    British Sign Language interpreted. Join our experts for a look behind the scenes at the zoology spirit collection.

  • Beached Whales in Tragic Tales
    Beached Whales in Tragic Tales

    9 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Delve deeper into the fascinating world of whale strandings from the shoreline to the scalpel edge.

  • Flying Colours
    Flying Colours

    23 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join world butterfly expert, Dick Vane-Wright, and discover the incredible characteristics of a butterfly's wings.

  • Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Woodeaton Project
    Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Woodeaton Project

    26 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    23 September 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

    See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

    6 September 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we reveal some of the most impressive and beautiful moths from our collections.