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

    3 March 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    4 March 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    5 March 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    6 March 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10,

    7 March 2015 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. Free tickets at information desks.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    3 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    6 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

    9 March 2015 13:30 - 14:20,

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

  • What Can Midges Tell Us About Climate Change?
    What Can Midges Tell Us About Climate Change?

    3 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover how examining preserved midges in Arctic lakes can tell us about climate change.

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

    3 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    4 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    5 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    6 March 2015 15:30 - 16:20,

    9 March 2015 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

    3 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    4 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    5 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    6 March 2015 16:30 - 16:45,

    7 March 2015 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

    3 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    4 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    5 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    6 March 2015 16:50 - 17:05,

    7 March 2015 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

    3 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    4 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    5 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    6 March 2015 17:10 - 17:25,

    7 March 2015 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.

  • Stegosaur Mysteries
    Stegosaur Mysteries

    4 March 2015 14:30

    Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

  • Flesh Flies
    Flesh Flies

    5 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a curator with a passion for flesh flies, a diverse group, which includes species essential to forensic research.

  • Life in the Extreme: Arthropods
    Life in the Extreme: Arthropods

    6 March 2015 14:30

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

  • The Tales in Teeth
    The Tales in Teeth

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

    Find out what teeth tell us about people living in bygone times.

  • The Ugly Animals
    The Ugly Animals

    10 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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

  • The Stegosaur's Garden
    The Stegosaur's Garden

    11 March 2015 14:30,

    25 March 2015 14:30

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

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

    1 April 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    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,

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

  • Meteorites Uncovered
    Meteorites Uncovered

    14 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00

    Meet a Museum scientist who uses CT scanning to look inside the meteorites in our collection.

  • Meteorites Uncovered (BSL)
    Meteorites Uncovered (BSL)

    14 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum scientist who uses CT scanning to look inside the meteorites in our collection.

  • The Beetles of Panama
    The Beetles of Panama

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

    Discover the beautiful beetles of Barro Colorado Island.

  • Treasures: Hans Sloane's Nautilus Shell
    Treasures: Hans Sloane's Nautilus Shell

    17 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore an object from the Treasures gallery with a Museum scientist.

  • Jurassic Mammals
    Jurassic Mammals

    18 March 2015 14:30

    Discover some of the earliest mammals that survived in the shadow of the dinosaurs.

  • Sea Saws
    Sea Saws

    19 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a scientist using cutting edge techniques to unravel the mysteries hidden in the teeth of saw fish and saw sharks.

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

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

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

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

    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

  • William Smith and the Making of Geological Maps
    William Smith and the Making of Geological Maps

    23 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we celebrate the birthday of William Smith, father of English geology, and take a rare glimpse at his famous map.

  • Battling Parasitic Disease
    Battling Parasitic Disease

    24 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Meet a Museum biologist working to fight a microscopic killer.

  • Corals Rock
    Corals Rock

    26 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Explore the amazing diversity of corals with a scientist who has travelled the world to study them.

  • Coral Reefs: Paradise Lost?
    Coral Reefs: Paradise Lost?

    27 March 2015 14:30 - 15:00

    Join a Museum scientist to discover the diversity of life on the reef.

  • Colour Changing Cephalopods of Coral Reefs
    Colour Changing Cephalopods of Coral Reefs

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

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

    Join a Museum curator to discover the colour changing cephalopods that live in coral reefs.

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

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

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

  • Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons
    Cruising into Deep Sea Canyons

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

    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.

  • The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe
    The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe

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

    Discover the nature, form and diversity of eggs from hummingbirds to ostrich eggs.

  • Giant clams and tall stories
    Giant clams and tall stories

    15 April 2015 14:30 - 15:00,

    6 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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