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

    25 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    26 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    27 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    28 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    29 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    More dates...

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

  • How to Make a Tapeworm
    How to Make a Tapeworm

    25 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30

    Everyone knows what a tapeworm is but what are they really and where did they come from?

  • The Botany of Fairy Tales
    The Botany of Fairy Tales

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

    Join a Museum scientist and discover more about the incredible plant life that features in our popular fairy tales.

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    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,

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

    More dates...

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

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

    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.

  • Cuckoos in Raptors' Clothing
    Cuckoos in Raptors' Clothing

    27 May 2015 14:30

    Find out what makes the humble feather a marvel of communication.

  • The Secrets of Feathers: Not So Black and White
    The Secrets of Feathers: Not So Black and White

    28 May 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Discover how Museum research on a rare form of raven has made biologists look again at plumage.

  • Spirals in Time
    Spirals in Time

    29 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the secrets of seashells with author and marine biologist Helen Scales.

  • Unearthing the Worm
    Unearthing the Worm

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

    Discover the secret world of the humble earthworm, and find out how important these creatures are to our ecosystem.

  • Is There Water on the Moon?
    Is There Water on the Moon?

    31 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Come and hear about new research on our neighbouring planet from a Museum space scientist.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    1 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    2 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    3 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20

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

  • Vibrant Butterflies
    Vibrant Butterflies

    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.

  • Life in the Colonies
    Life in the Colonies

    3 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore the strange world of colonial animals and find out why there is strength in numbers.

  • 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

    7 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.

  • Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators
    Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators

    10 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Find out about the little-known bryozoans and discover what they tell us about our planet.

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

    12 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the amazing shells found on coral reefs, from the giant clam to the colourful cowries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marvellous Moths
    Marvellous Moths

    14 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.

  • Life Under Foot: The Science of Soil
    Life Under Foot: The Science of Soil

    16 June 2015 14:30

    Meet a scientist who has studied soil formation and find out why the ground we walk on is so intimately bound to life.

  • Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells
    Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells

    18 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • 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

  • Reef Encounters
    Reef Encounters

    21 June 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore the coral reefs of the South Pacific and meet a scientist working to conserve these vital ecosystems.

  • A Night in the Jungle
    A Night in the Jungle

    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.

  • 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.

  • Death in Paradise: Coral Reef Toxins
    Death in Paradise: Coral Reef Toxins

    24 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    9 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the important role that toxins play in complex coral reef ecosystems.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 Longest Journey
    The Longest Journey

    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.

  • Reptiles of the Reef
    Reptiles of the Reef

    16 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    22 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Date with a Butterfly
    A Date with a Butterfly

    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.