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Meet experts, handle specimens and see what goes on behind the scenes.

Sunday 30 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Bat Festival
Bat Festival

Join us for the Museum's annual Bat Festival, held in conjunction with the Bat Conservation Trust.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Family Explorer Backpacks
Family Explorer Backpacks

Families can explore the galleries together with a passport, binoculars and activity book.

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

Schools (KS3, KS4, Post-16) Take your students on a journey through the Darwin Centre's stunning Cocoon.

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

Is it a dinosaur? Get up close and personal with real specimens to find out.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Investigate for families
Investigate for families

Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre. Centre closes at 17:00. Last entry is at 16.30.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour

Join our expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Puppets: Tales from the deep
Puppets: Tales from the deep

Join the world of the deep blue sea with these two delightful stories set beneath the waves.

12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Drones and Phones: Studying Bats in the Twenty First Century
Drones and Phones: Studying Bats in the Twenty First Century

Join Dr Tom August as he reveals how citizen science and new technologies are altering how easily people can study bats.

12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
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