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

    30 June 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    1 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    2 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    3 July 2015 13:30 - 14:15,

    4 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.

  • A Night in the Jungle
    A Night in the Jungle

    30 June 2015 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.

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

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

    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.

  • Turtles in the Time of the Dinosaurs
    Turtles in the Time of the Dinosaurs

    1 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a museum scientist and explore the prehistoric world of turtles.

  • The Hidden Diversity of Coral Reefs
    The Hidden Diversity of Coral Reefs

    2 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the vital, but often overlooked, role that tiny animals play in reef ecosystems.

  • The Secrets of Spider Dating
    The Secrets of Spider Dating

    3 July 2015 14:30

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

  • Natural Histories: Tower Lions
    Natural Histories: Tower Lions

    4 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.

  • A Date with an Ammonite
    A Date with an Ammonite

    5 July 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Meet a scientist who studies ammonites to discover the age of rock formations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reptiles of the Reef
    Reptiles of the Reef

    16 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the reptiles that visit coral reefs, from the enigmatic turtles to the venomous sea snakes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.