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 Zoology Spirit Collection Tour
    Behind-the-Scenes Zoology Spirit Collection Tour

    7 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    8 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    9 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    10 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    11 July 2015 12:00 - 12:45, 14:30 - 15:15,

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

  • The Cambrian Cones
    The Cambrian Cones

    8 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a museum scientist and explore some of the extinct ancestors of the Jellyfish and the people who collected them.

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

    9 July 2015 14:30

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

  • The Dragonfly Diaries
    The Dragonfly Diaries

    10 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet the insect conservationist named 'the BBC's dragonfly geek' by Chris Packham.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

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

    22 July 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    29 July 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    5 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

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

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

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

    11 July 2015 11:30 - 12:00,

    8 August 2015 11:30 - 12:00

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

  • Natural Histories: Burbot
    Natural Histories: Burbot

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

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

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

    11 July 2015 15:30 - 16:15,

    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.

  • Corals of the Cold, Dark and Deep
    Corals of the Cold, Dark and Deep

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

    Meet a scientist studying cold water corals and discover more about these overlooked ecosystems.

  • The Incredible World of Dragonflies
    The Incredible World of Dragonflies

    17 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    We meet a Museum scientist and explore the incredible world of dragonflies.

  • Natural Histories: Mandrake
    Natural Histories: Mandrake

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

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

  • Flying Colours
    Flying Colours

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

    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.

  • Nature's Unseen Engineers: Ants and Termites
    Nature's Unseen Engineers: Ants and Termites

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

    In the tropics, the soil teems with termites and ants. So how important are these creatures to their environment?

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

    24 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.

  • Natural Histories: Coral
    Natural Histories: Coral

    25 July 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

  • The Pitcairn Islands: Marine Bounty
    The Pitcairn Islands: Marine Bounty

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

    Find out what it's like to research the marine life surrounding some of the most remote islands on Earth.

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

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

    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.

  • 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.