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A Date with a Butterfly
A Date with a Butterfly

Join a Museum scientist and discover more about the intricate nature of butterfly and moth courtship.

13 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
A House Full of Butterflies
A House Full of Butterflies

Find out how caterpillars turn into butterflies, discover what they like to eat and be amazed by their enchanting variety.

7 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
A Night in the Jungle
A Night in the Jungle

Join us to find out how scientists collect moths and hear some of the adventures they've had on their travels.

6 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
20 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

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

5 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
8 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00
12 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
19 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
26 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
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  • Families Families (7+)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)

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

8 August 2015 11:30 - 12:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Beached Whales in Tragic Tales
Beached Whales in Tragic Tales

Delve deeper into the fascinating world of whale strandings from the shoreline to the scalpel edge.

9 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
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.

2 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15
3 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15
4 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15
5 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15
6 August 2015 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

British Sign Language interpreted. Join our experts for a look behind the scenes at the zoology spirit collection.

8 August 2015 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

11 June 2015 - 31 December 2016

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Dark Deep Sponge Reefs
Dark Deep Sponge Reefs

Meet a scientist who studies deep sea sponge reefs and discover why theyĆ¢??re so vital in maintaining biodiversity.

16 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)
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.

30 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Flying Colours
Flying Colours

Join world butterfly expert, Dick Vane-Wright, and discover the incredible characteristics of a butterfly's wings.

23 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Life in the Extreme: Arthropods
Life in the Extreme: Arthropods

Meet a Museum scientist to explore the lives of arthropods which possess some incredible adaptations for survival.

5 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Marvellous Moths
Marvellous Moths

Join us as we reveal some of the most impressive and beautiful moths from our collections.

6 September 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Daffodils and Wild Flowers
Natural Histories: Daffodils and Wild Flowers

Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection

29 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)
Natural Histories: Mammoths & The Ivory Trade
Natural Histories: Mammoths & The Ivory Trade

Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection.

15 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)
Natural Histories: Meteorites
Natural Histories: Meteorites

Meet experts from the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series and see specimens that have changed our view of the world.

8 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Snakes
Natural Histories: Snakes

Meet experts from the new BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series, showcasing amazing specimens from the Museum's collection

22 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Opening up a New Can of Worms
Opening up a New Can of Worms

What can we discover from more obscure species about venom toxins and their uses?

14 August 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Sea Shells: Jewels of the Reef
Sea Shells: Jewels of the Reef

Discover the amazing shells found on coral reefs, from the giant clam to the colourful cowries.

12 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

6 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
13 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Soil Biodiversity
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Soil Biodiversity

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

8 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
26 September 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
24 October 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
21 November 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
12 December 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Woodeaton Project
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Woodeaton Project

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

26 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
23 September 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey

Find out what motivates butterflies to migrate and how they're adapted to make the journey.

27 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
The Secrets of Spider Dating
The Secrets of Spider Dating

In the world of spiders, attracting a mate can be a deadly task. Join us to find out more.

2 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
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