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

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

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

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

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

    3 March 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.

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

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

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

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    27 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    2 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    3 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 March 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.

  • 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.

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

    27 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    2 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    3 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    4 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    5 March 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

    27 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    28 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    1 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    2 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    3 March 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

    27 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    28 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    1 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    2 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    3 March 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

    27 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    28 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    1 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    2 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    3 March 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.

  • 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

  • What Can Midges Tell Us About Climate Change?
    What Can Midges Tell Us About Climate Change?

    3 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover how examining preserved midges in Arctic lakes can tell us about climate change.

  • Stegosaur Mysteries
    Stegosaur Mysteries

    4 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

  • Life in the Extreme: Arthropods
    Life in the Extreme: Arthropods

    6 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum scientist to explore the lives of arthropods which possess some incredible adaptations for survival.

  • The Tales in Teeth
    The Tales in Teeth

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

    Find out what teeth tell us about people living in bygone times.

  • The Ugly Animals
    The Ugly Animals

    10 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Celebrate the more aesthetically challenged creatures on Earth and discover more about their incredible biology.

  • The Stegosaur's Garden
    The Stegosaur's Garden

    11 March 2015 14:30,

    25 March 2015 14:30

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

  • Sea Shells: Jewels of the Reef
    Sea Shells: Jewels of the Reef

    12 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

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

    Discover the amazing shells found on coral reefs, from the giant clam to the colourful cowries.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

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

    1 April 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    9 May 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    27 May 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    13 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

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

  • Meteorites Uncovered
    Meteorites Uncovered

    14 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00

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

  • Meteorites Uncovered (BSL)
    Meteorites Uncovered (BSL)

    14 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • The Beetles of Panama
    The Beetles of Panama

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

    Discover the beautiful beetles of Barro Colorado Island.

  • Treasures: Hans Sloane's Nautilus Shell
    Treasures: Hans Sloane's Nautilus Shell

    17 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore an object from the Treasures gallery with a Museum scientist.

  • Jurassic Mammals
    Jurassic Mammals

    18 March 2015 14:30

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

  • Sea Saws
    Sea Saws

    19 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a scientist using cutting edge techniques to unravel the mysteries hidden in the teeth of saw fish and saw sharks.

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

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

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

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

    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

  • Battling Parasitic Disease
    Battling Parasitic Disease

    24 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum biologist working to fight a microscopic killer.

  • Corals Rock
    Corals Rock

    26 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore the amazing diversity of corals with a scientist who has travelled the world to study them.

  • Coral Reefs: Paradise Lost?
    Coral Reefs: Paradise Lost?

    27 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover the diversity of life on the reef.

  • Colour Changing Cephalopods of Coral Reefs
    Colour Changing Cephalopods of Coral Reefs

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

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

    Join a Museum curator to discover the colour changing cephalopods that live in coral reefs.

  • Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons
    Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons

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

    25 April 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we explore deep sea canyons and discover the animals that live in them.

  • Giant clams and tall stories
    Giant clams and tall stories

    15 April 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    6 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Dive into the mystery of giant clams and come up against the biggest shell in our collection.