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

    21 December 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    22 December 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    23 December 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

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

    28 December 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. Free tickets at information desks.

  • Life in the extreme: arthropods
    Life in the extreme: arthropods

    21 December 2014 12:30, 14:30

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

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

    21 December 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    22 December 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    23 December 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    27 December 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    28 December 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

    21 December 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    22 December 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    23 December 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    25 December 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    27 December 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

    21 December 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    22 December 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    23 December 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    25 December 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    27 December 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

    21 December 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    22 December 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    23 December 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    25 December 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    27 December 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

    21 December 2014,

    22 December 2014,

    23 December 2014,

    24 December 2014,

    25 December 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.

  • Winter wonderland: Snow fleas and reindeer flies
    Winter wonderland: Snow fleas and reindeer flies

    23 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet some festive creepy crawlies and hear about their peculiar strategies of coping with winter.

  • Cold-hearted survival
    Cold-hearted survival

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

    When it's freezing outside, do mammals suffer the cold?

  • Winter Wonderland
    Winter Wonderland

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

    29 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us to find out just how important winter can be for wildlife.

  • Secrets of the Sand
    Secrets of the Sand

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

    Come and find out about the beautiful and diverse tiny shells and other remains hidden in the sand on your summer beach.

  • Fungi: pioneering partners of plants
    Fungi: pioneering partners of plants

    2 January 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet a Museum scientist and discover how fungi enabled plants to colonise the land over 500 million years ago.

  • Eaten Alive
    Eaten Alive

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

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

  • Life in the Twilight Zone
    Life in the Twilight Zone

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

    Join us as we take a closer look at some of the more bizarre and unusual fishes from the Museum collections.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

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

    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,

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

  • Quest for the Tasmanian tiger
    Quest for the Tasmanian tiger

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

    Join a Museum scientist to discover the true fate of the Tasmanian tiger.

  • A Stegosaur's Journey
    A Stegosaur's Journey

    11 January 2015 12:30, 14:30,

    21 January 2015 14:30

    Find out how the Museum's latest dinosaur arrived in the Earth Hall.

  • All Abuzz About Wasp Nests
    All Abuzz About Wasp Nests

    12 January 2015 12:30 - 13:00

    Discover more about wasps and take a closer look at these pioneers of insect architecture.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    12 January 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    13 January 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    14 January 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    15 January 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    16 January 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.

  • Plants under pressure: Handling the heat
    Plants under pressure: Handling the heat

    16 January 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we learn about the amazing ways in which plants conserve water and solve the mysteries behind surviving the heat.

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

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

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

  • Excavate! Not Just Dinosaurs
    Excavate! Not Just Dinosaurs

    18 January 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover some of the little-known reptiles that dinosaurs shared their world with.

  • Meteorites: Magnetic Attraction
    Meteorites: Magnetic Attraction

    20 January 2015 14:30

    Meet a scientist who studies the magnetic properties of meteorites to unlock the origins of our solar system.

  • Tracks of the Past
    Tracks of the Past

    22 January 2015 14:30

    Find out how fossilised walkways can help us understand the past and the present.

  • Munching Lichens
    Munching Lichens

    23 January 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

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

    Join us today as we explore the surprising role of lichens as a source of food.

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

    24 January 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    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

  • The Digital Dinosaur
    The Digital Dinosaur

    26 January 2015 14:30

    Meet one of the Museum's palaeontologists working to better understand stegosaurs

  • Letters of Note: Alfred Russell Wallace
    Letters of Note: Alfred Russell Wallace

    27 January 2015 14:30

    Discover the treasures of the Wallace Collection

  • The Stegosaur's Garden
    The Stegosaur's Garden

    28 January 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

  • Stupendous Monsters
    Stupendous Monsters

    28 January 2015 14:30

    Travel back in time to find out how our understanding of dinosaurs has altered over the years.

  • Dig it: The Unknown Underground
    Dig it: The Unknown Underground

    29 January 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we explore an underground world and learn about the elusive creatures that live within it.

  • Crocodiles Rock
    Crocodiles Rock

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

    Discover the incredible history of the dinosaurs' cousins.

  • Stegosaur Mysteries
    Stegosaur Mysteries

    7 February 2015 12:30, 14:30,

    4 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

  • 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?

  • 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.