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

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

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

    20 April 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    21 April 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    22 April 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.

  • 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.

  • Nature Through the Lens
    Nature Through the Lens

    28 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    29 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    30 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    31 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    1 April 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

    28 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    29 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    30 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    31 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    1 April 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

    28 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    29 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    30 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    31 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    1 April 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

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

    30 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    31 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

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

    15 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.

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

    1 April 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    8 April 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    15 April 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    29 April 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    6 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

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

  • Robert Hooke and the miracles of the miniature
    Robert Hooke and the miracles of the miniature

    1 April 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Royal Society Librarian, Keith Moore, reveals one of the first men to look down a microscope and draw the natural world.

  • A House Full of Butterflies
    A House Full of Butterflies

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

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

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

    Find out how caterpillars turn into butterflies, discover what they like to eat and be amazed by their enchanting variety.

  • Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths
    Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths

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

    23 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we discover more about these spectacular and aerobatic insects.

  • The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe
    The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe

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

    Discover the nature, form and diversity of eggs from hummingbirds to ostrich eggs.

  • Digital Butterflies
    Digital Butterflies

    6 April 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Find out how the Museum's beautiful British butterfly collection is being brought to the online world.

  • A Date with a Butterfly
    A Date with a Butterfly

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

    12 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

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

    Join a Museum scientist and discover more about the intricate nature of butterfly and moth courtship.

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

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

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

    27 July 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    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.

  • 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.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    20 April 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    21 April 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    22 April 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    23 April 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    24 April 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.

  • A Night in the Jungle
    A Night in the Jungle

    27 April 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    22 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    30 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

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

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

    Join us to find out how scientists collect moths and hear some of the adventures they've had on their travels.

  • Vibrant Butterflies
    Vibrant Butterflies

    19 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    2 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    29 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist and see some of the most striking butterflies in the Museum's collection.

  • The Longest Journey
    The Longest Journey

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

    14 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

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

    Find out what motivates butterflies to migrate and how theyĆ¢??re adapted to make the journey.

  • The Microscopic World of the Fly
    The Microscopic World of the Fly

    19 June 2015 14:30

    Join a Museum expert to discover what we know about the anatomy and senses of the fly