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Darwin Centre

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Explore science and nature in the Darwin Centre's 0006 Cocoon 001C , meet experts at the daily 0013 Attenborough Studio 002B events, and see specimens close up in the 0017 Zoology spirit building 27B0 .

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 in the courtyard.

The Darwin Centre Atrium, Courtyard and Cocoon will be closed on 2 November from 10.00 - 13.00 for a private function. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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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.

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