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 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    26 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    27 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    28 November 2014 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    29 November 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    25 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    26 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    27 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    28 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    1 December 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

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    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • A necessary weevil
    A necessary weevil

    25 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum scientist working on the most diverse group of organisms on the planet - weevils.

  • Who do you think you really are? Interactive film
    Who do you think you really are? Interactive film

    25 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    26 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    27 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    28 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    29 November 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

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    Augmented reality brings extinct creatures to life in the studio in our interactive film about evolution.

  • Nature Through the Lens
    Nature Through the Lens

    25 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    26 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    27 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    28 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    29 November 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

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    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

    25 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    26 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    27 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    28 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    29 November 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

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

  • Wildscapes
    Wildscapes

    25 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    26 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    27 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    28 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    29 November 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

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

  • Cocoon
    Cocoon

    25 November 2014,

    26 November 2014,

    27 November 2014,

    28 November 2014,

    29 November 2014,

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    Take a self-guided tour in the futuristic Cocoon and explore our insect and plant specimen collections and latest research.

  • The Miracle of Microfossils
    The Miracle of Microfossils

    26 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Uncover the amazing secrets held in the world's smallest fossils.

  • Nature News Review: Rosetta Special
    Nature News Review: Rosetta Special

    27 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join two scientists to dig deeper into the historic Rosetta space mission.

  • The ugly animals
    The ugly animals

    28 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Celebrate the more aesthetically challenged creatures on Earth and discover more about their incredible biology.

  • Meteorites: The History of our Solar System
    Meteorites: The History of our Solar System

    29 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover how Museum scientists are learning more about the early history of our solar system.

  • Eaten Alive
    Eaten Alive

    30 November 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Hear from a Museum scientist about the wonders of parasitoid wasps and how you could spot some in your garden.

  • Winter wonderland: Snow fleas and reindeer flies
    Winter wonderland: Snow fleas and reindeer flies

    1 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    23 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet some festive creepy crawlies and hear about their peculiar strategies of coping with winter.

  • Colour Changing Cephalopods
    Colour Changing Cephalopods

    2 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Squid, in all their sizes and colours, light up the deep sea with an amazing array of illuminations.

  • : Quest for the Tasmanian tiger
    : Quest for the Tasmanian tiger

    3 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover the true fate of the Tasmanian tiger.

  • A Stegosaur's Journey
    A Stegosaur's Journey

    4 December 2014 14:30,

    6 December 2014 12:30, 14:30,

    11 January 2015 12:30, 14:30

    Find out how the Museum's latest dinosaur arrived in the Earth Hall.

  • The Digital Dinosaur
    The Digital Dinosaur

    5 December 2014 14:30,

    17 December 2014 14:30,

    21 January 2015 14:30

    Meet one of the Museum's palaeontologists working to better understand stegosaurs

  • You are a Fish (Really)
    You are a Fish (Really)

    8 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we expose the deep evolutionary history humans share with fish.

  • A History of Life in 100 Fossils
    A History of Life in 100 Fossils

    9 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    24 January 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    11 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    22 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Which fossils tell us the most about evolution? Join us as we choose highlights from 3.8 billion years of life on Earth

  • Behind the Scenes: Our Frozen Archive
    Behind the Scenes: Our Frozen Archive

    10 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover how we preserve our specimens so that scientists can continue to study them one hundred years from now.

  • Cold-hearted survival
    Cold-hearted survival

    11 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    27 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    When it's freezing outside, do mammals suffer the cold?

  • Life in the extreme: arthropods
    Life in the extreme: arthropods

    12 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00,

    21 December 2014 12:30, 14:30

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    13 December 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    10 January 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    14 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    16 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    18 February 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.

  • Terrific Pterosaurs (BSL)
    Terrific Pterosaurs (BSL)

    13 December 2014 14:30

    See some amazing pterosaur fossils and find out what these long-extinct flying reptiles were really like.

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

    13 December 2014 15:15 - 15:45

    See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

  • The Beetles of Panama
    The Beetles of Panama

    16 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Discover the beautiful beetles of Barro Colorado Island.

  • Christmas Tree Worms
    Christmas Tree Worms

    19 December 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Worms come in all shapes, colours and sizes - including one very seasonable specimen that looks like a Christmas tree.

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

    20 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • Winter Wonderland
    Winter Wonderland

    28 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    29 December 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us to find out just how important winter can be for wildlife.

  • The Stegosaur's Garden
    The Stegosaur's Garden

    28 January 2015 14:30,

    11 March 2015 14:30,

    25 March 2015 14:30

    Discover what the fossil record of plants can tell us about the Jurassic world

  • Crocodiles Rock
    Crocodiles Rock

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

    Discover the incredible history of these fearsome predators.

  • Stegosaur Mysteries
    Stegosaur Mysteries

    7 February 2015 12:30, 14:30,

    4 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

  • Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur
    Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur

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

    18 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Can a palaeontologist convince you that the little known Lambeosaurus more interesting than the fearsome T. rex?