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
    Spirit Collection Tours

    1 February 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    2 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    3 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    4 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    5 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

  • Plants in the Twilight
    Plants in the Twilight

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

    6 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we find out about the plants that thrive in cave systems in southeast Asia.

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

    1 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    2 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    3 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    4 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    5 February 2015 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

    1 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    2 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    3 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    4 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    5 February 2015 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

    1 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    2 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    3 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    4 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    5 February 2015 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

    1 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    2 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    3 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    4 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    5 February 2015 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.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    2 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    3 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    6 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

  • Seven Deadly Colours
    Seven Deadly Colours

    3 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Have you ever wondered where nature's dazzling colours come from? We discover the secrets behind nature's colour factories.

  • Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates
    Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates

    4 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30,

    6 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30,

    10 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30,

    11 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30,

    13 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30,

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

  • Walking Like Dinosaurs
    Walking Like Dinosaurs

    4 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover how much palaeontologists can tell by studying dinosaur footprints.

  • Microbes Make Medicine
    Microbes Make Medicine

    5 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a scientist who modifies microbes to improve drug production of the future.

  • Stegosaur Mysteries
    Stegosaur Mysteries

    7 February 2015 12:30, 14:30,

    4 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

  • Solenodon: The Last Survivors
    Solenodon: The Last Survivors

    8 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet two scientists and hear about their work with these mysterious mammals.

  • The Inside Story
    The Inside Story

    10 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover more about the Museum's CT scanner, and the incredible stories behind the specimens that have gone inside.

  • A History of Life in 100 Fossils
    A History of Life in 100 Fossils

    11 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    22 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Which fossils tell us the most about evolution? Join us as we choose highlights from 3.8 billion years of life on Earth

  • Botany Begs Questions
    Botany Begs Questions

    12 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the oldest specimens in our botany collection and the amazing stories of the naturalists that collected them.

  • Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda
    Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda

    13 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum curator and learn to love the leaf beetles, from jumping flea beetles to colourful tortoise beetles.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    14 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    16 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    18 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    20 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    14 March 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

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

  • A Sting in the Tail
    A Sting in the Tail

    14 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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

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

    15 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    18 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • Point of Impact
    Point of Impact

    16 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a scientist who studies craters made from meteorite impacts and handle some real meteorites from our collections.

  • The Birth of a Planet
    The Birth of a Planet

    19 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Travel back billions of years to the beginning of our solar system.

  • What's that Fossil?
    What's that Fossil?

    20 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover more about the weird and wonderful fossils that get brought in for identification.

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

    22 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a young photographer from our prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

  • Beached Whales in Tragic Tales
    Beached Whales in Tragic Tales

    24 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00

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

  • The Stegosaur's Garden
    The Stegosaur's Garden

    25 February 2015 14:30,

    11 March 2015 14:30,

    25 March 2015 14:30

    Discover what the fossil record of plants can tell us about the Jurassic world

  • Nature News Review
    Nature News Review

    26 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • Virtual Palaeontology
    Virtual Palaeontology

    27 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Find out how fossils can be turned into 3-D images using the latest technology.

  • Putting Skin on the Stegosaur
    Putting Skin on the Stegosaur

    28 February 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Discover how palaeoartists recreate what dinosaurs might have looked like in life

  • Jurassic Mammals
    Jurassic Mammals

    18 March 2015 14:30

    Discover some of the earliest mammals that survived in the shadow of the dinosaurs.