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 October 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    26 October 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    27 October 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    28 October 2014 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45,

    29 October 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.

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

    25 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,

    26 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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

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

    25 October 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    26 October 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    27 October 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    28 October 2014 15:30 - 16:20,

    29 October 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 October 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    26 October 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    27 October 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    28 October 2014 16:30 - 16:45,

    29 October 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 October 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    26 October 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    27 October 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    28 October 2014 16:50 - 17:05,

    29 October 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 October 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    26 October 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    27 October 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    28 October 2014 17:10 - 17:25,

    29 October 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 October 2014,

    26 October 2014,

    27 October 2014,

    28 October 2014,

    29 October 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.

  • Meteorites Uncovered
    Meteorites Uncovered

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

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

  • Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells
    Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells

    28 October 2014 12:30, 14:30

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

  • Animal Vision for families
    Animal Vision for families

    29 October 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

    8 November 2014 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00,

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

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

  • Behind the Scenes: The General Herbarium
    Behind the Scenes: The General Herbarium

    29 October 2014 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us for a live video link deep into the heart of the Museum's collections.

  • Antarctica:  The Frozen Continent
    Antarctica: The Frozen Continent

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

    What is it like to live and work in one of the most remote places on Earth and why do scientists want to go there?

  • The Plants That Bite Back
    The Plants That Bite Back

    31 October 2014 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

    Join us as we look at the different ways carnivorous plants catch their food, and discover the ones growing wild in Britain.

  • Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
    Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

    3 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    4 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    5 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    6 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

    7 November 2014 13:30 - 14:20,

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

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

    8 November 2014 15:15 - 15:45,

    13 December 2014 15:15 - 15:45

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

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

    13 November 2014 14:30 - 15:00

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