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
  • Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
    Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour

    1 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    2 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    3 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    4 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

    5 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15,

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    Join our expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

  • Natural Histories: Dinosaurs
    Natural Histories: Dinosaurs

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

    Join palaeontologist Paul Barrett to discover how our understanding of dinosaurs has evolved over time.

  • The Secrets of Spider Dating
    The Secrets of Spider Dating

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

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    5 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    8 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    12 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    19 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

    26 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15,

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

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

    5 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

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

  • A Night in the Jungle
    A Night in the Jungle

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

    20 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.

  • A House Full of Butterflies
    A House Full of Butterflies

    7 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.

  • Animal Vision for families (BSL)
    Animal Vision for families (BSL)

    8 August 2015 11:30 - 12:00

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

  • Natural Histories: Meteorites
    Natural Histories: Meteorites

    8 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet experts from the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series and see specimens that have changed our view of the world.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
    Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

    8 August 2015 15:30 - 16:15

    British Sign Language interpreted. Join our experts for a look behind the scenes at the zoology spirit collection.

  • Beached Whales in Tragic Tales
    Beached Whales in Tragic Tales

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

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

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

    12 August 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.

  • A Date with a Butterfly
    A Date with a Butterfly

    13 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.

  • Opening up a New Can of Worms
    Opening up a New Can of Worms

    14 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    What can we discover from more obscure species about venom toxins and their uses?

  • Natural Histories: Mammoths & The Ivory Trade
    Natural Histories: Mammoths & The Ivory Trade

    15 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection.

  • Dark Deep Sponge Reefs
    Dark Deep Sponge Reefs

    16 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet a scientist who studies deep sea sponge reefs and discover why theyĆ¢??re so vital in maintaining biodiversity.

  • Natural Histories: Snakes
    Natural Histories: Snakes

    22 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection

  • Flying Colours
    Flying Colours

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

    Join world butterfly expert, Dick Vane-Wright, and discover the incredible characteristics of a butterfly's wings.

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

    26 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00,

    23 September 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

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

  • The Longest Journey
    The Longest Journey

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

    Find out what motivates butterflies to migrate and how they're adapted to make the journey.

  • Natural Histories: Daffodils and Wild Flowers
    Natural Histories: Daffodils and Wild Flowers

    29 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection

  • Drones and Phones: Studying Bats in the Twenty First Century
    Drones and Phones: Studying Bats in the Twenty First Century

    30 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Join Dr Tom August as he reveals how citizen science and new technologies are altering how easily people can study bats.

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

    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.