Darwin Centre

Darwin Centre

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Explore science and nature in the Darwin Centre's Cocoon, meet experts at the daily Attenborough Studio events, and see specimens close up in the Zoology spirit building.

Drop in to the Centre for UK Biodiversity in the Cocoon atrium or relax outside in the adjoining courtyard.

A memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is located in the courtyard.

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Discover what you can see and do in our other galleries, and find out how to get around with our Museum map.


Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

Attenborough Studio

Drop in to daily events in the high-tech Attenborough Studio. There are talks with scientists and live shows.

Zoology spirit building

Home to everything from snakes and sharks to a giant squid preserved in glass jars and tanks. Curious to see more? Find out more and book tickets.