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

    18 April 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 16:15 - 16:45,

    19 April 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.

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

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

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

  • Nature Through the Lens
    Nature Through the Lens

    18 April 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    19 April 2015 16:30 - 16:45

    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

    18 April 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    19 April 2015 16:50 - 17:05

    Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

  • Wildscapes
    Wildscapes

    18 April 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    19 April 2015 17:10 - 17:25

    Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

  • Bonobos: Cousins in the Congo
    Bonobos: Cousins in the Congo

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

    Meet a scientist returning from months studying one of our closest relatives in the remote Congo.

  • 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,

    More dates...

    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

  • Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons
    Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons

    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.

  • Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda
    Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda

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

    Meet a Museum curator and learn to love the leaf beetles, from jumping flea beetles to colourful tortoise beetles.

  • 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.

  • The Buzz about Honey Bees
    The Buzz about Honey Bees

    28 April 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the secrets of hive life with urban beekeeper Luke Dixon and explore the honey bee colony in the Wildlife Garden.

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

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

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

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

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

    27 May 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.

  • Nature in a Box: Dipping into Sloane's Herbarium
    Nature in a Box: Dipping into Sloane's Herbarium

    29 April 2015 14:30

    Join a Museum researcher as we uncover some of the incredible stories that accompany Sloane's prized specimens.

  • Caught on Camera: The Secret Lives of Whales
    Caught on Camera: The Secret Lives of Whales

    30 April 2015 14:30,

    21 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a scientist who tracks whales from the air and sea using photo-identification to piece together their life histories.

  • Giant Clams and Tall Stories
    Giant Clams and Tall Stories

    6 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Dive into the mystery of giant clams and come up against the biggest shell in our collection.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    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,

    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,

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

  • A Date with a Butterfly
    A Date with a Butterfly

    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.

  • 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 they're adapted to make the journey.

  • Project Coral: Spawning Success
    Project Coral: Spawning Success

    4 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the pioneering research at the Horniman Museum and the important role it can play in coral reef conservation.

  • A House Full of Butterflies
    A House Full of Butterflies

    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.

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

    13 June 2015 11:30 - 12:00,

    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.

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

    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.

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

    13 June 2015 15:15 - 15:45,

    11 July 2015 15:15 - 15:45,

    8 August 2015 15:15 - 15:45

    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

  • 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

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

    23 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • The Inside Story
    The Inside Story

    3 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover more about the Museum's CT scanner, and the incredible stories behind the specimens that have gone inside.