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

    31 October 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    2 November 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    3 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    4 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    5 November 2014 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.

  • The Plants That Bite Back
    The Plants That Bite Back

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

    Join us as we look at the different ways carnivorous plants catch their food, and discover the ones growing wild in Britain.

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

    31 October 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    1 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    2 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    4 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    5 November 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

    31 October 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    1 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    2 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    4 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    5 November 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

    31 October 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    1 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    2 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    4 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    5 November 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

    31 October 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    1 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    2 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    4 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    5 November 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

    31 October 2014,

    1 November 2014,

    2 November 2014,

    3 November 2014,

    4 November 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.

  • Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells
    Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells

    1 November 2014 12:30, 14:30

    Explore the different shapes, sizes and lifestyles of these curious sea creatures.

  • The Secrets of Spider Dating
    The Secrets of Spider Dating

    2 November 2014 12:30, 14:30

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

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    3 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    6 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    7 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • Collision Course
    Collision Course

    4 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum researcher to discover how we study meteorite impacts in the laboratory.

  • Algae: an unexpected journey
    Algae: an unexpected journey

    5 November 2014 14:30

    Join a Museum scientist to discover how studying green algae could help us understand a fundamental aspect of evolution.

  • A Roadtrip Into Deep Time
    A Roadtrip Into Deep Time

    6 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us on a journey into geological time to discover the events that shaped the world as we know it.

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

    7 November 2014 14:30

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    8 November 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    13 December 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00

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

  • The Ocean Hidden in the Desert
    The Ocean Hidden in the Desert

    8 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    21 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover some of the amazing specimens collected on a recent trip to Morocco.

  • Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
    Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

    8 November 2014 15:15 - 15:45,

    13 December 2014 15:15 - 15:45

    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • All Abuzz About Wasp Nests
    All Abuzz About Wasp Nests

    9 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00

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

  • Meteorites: The History of our Solar System
    Meteorites: The History of our Solar System

    10 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

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

    Discover how Museum scientists are learning more about the early history of our solar system.

  • Ancient lakes on Mars
    Ancient lakes on Mars

    11 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to find out about ancient lakes on Mars and what they can reveal about the climate on the red planet.

  • The Rosetta Mission: how to catch a comet
    The Rosetta Mission: how to catch a comet

    12 November 2014 14:30

    Join a scientist working on the pioneering Rosetta Mission, and find out what it takes to catch a comet.

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

    13 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • All the Tea in the World
    All the Tea in the World

    14 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    A Museum botanist examines all aspects of this drink, from social customs to trade wars and tea chemistry.

  • Fangs for the Memories
    Fangs for the Memories

    16 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Come and find out about the ferocious, venom-filled lives of centipedes.

  • Curious collections
    Curious collections

    18 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Find out about life behind the scenes in our reptile and beetle collections from a student on a work experience placement.

  • Grow Wild: Flowers to the People
    Grow Wild: Flowers to the People

    19 November 2014 14:30

    Discover how we are reviving the wild flower population in the UK, and the benefits this has for butterflies, bees and birds.

  • Seeing into the Past
    Seeing into the Past

    20 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    22 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore some incredible fossils and get a glimpse of the earliest known examples of legs and eyes.

  • The Beetles of Panama
    The Beetles of Panama

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

    Discover the beautiful beetles of Barro Colorado Island.

  • A necessary weevil
    A necessary weevil

    25 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum scientist working on the most diverse group of organisms on the planet - weevils.

  • The Miracle of Microfossils
    The Miracle of Microfossils

    26 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Uncover the amazing secrets held in the world's smallest fossils.

  • Eaten Alive
    Eaten Alive

    30 November 2014 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.