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Thursday 2 July 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)
Specimen Preparation Area in action
Specimen Preparation Area in action

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
William Smith: The Father of English Geology
William Smith: The Father of English Geology

This year is the bicentenary of the publication of William Smiths 1815 geological map.

19:00 - 20:30

  • Adults Adults
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)
Dino Scientists
Dino Scientists

School event (KS2) Become a dinosaur scientist for the day using our incredible galleries.

10:30 - 11:30, 11:30 - 12:30, 12:30 - 13:30

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show

School event (KS3) Volcanoes and earthquakes take centre stage in this action-packed show.

10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 3)
Minibeast Pond Safari
Minibeast Pond Safari

Schools event (KS2) Survey the diverse species living in and around the pond of the Museum's Wildlife Garden.

10:30 - 11:30, 12:30 - 13:30

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1-3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Schools event (KS2) Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked.

10:30 - 11:15, 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

School event (Reception, KS1) Develop your pupils' science skills with this self-guided tour through the Museum.

10:45 - 11:45, 11:45 - 12:45

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Storytelling with puppets: The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales
Storytelling with puppets: The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

School event - Puppets and storytelling explore natural history and curriculum science in a fun and engaging way.

11:30 - 12:00, 13:00 - 13:30

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Behind-the-Scenes Zoology Spirit Collection Tour
Behind-the-Scenes Zoology Spirit Collection Tour

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

13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone
The Hidden Diversity of Coral Reefs
The Hidden Diversity of Coral Reefs

Discover the vital, but often overlooked, role that tiny animals play in reef ecosystems.

14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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.

15:40 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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