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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.

10 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 June 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
3 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.

22 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00
30 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00
20 July 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
17 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

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

27 May 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
13 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00
11 July 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00
22 July 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
29 July 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
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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.

13 June 2015 11:30 - 12:00
11 July 2015 11:30 - 12:00
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+)
Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells
Brachiopods: Ancient Sea Shells

Explore the different shapes, sizes and lifestyles of these curious sea creatures.

18 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators
Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators

Find out about the little-known bryozoans and discover what they tell us about our planet.

10 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Corals of the Cold, Dark and Deep
Corals of the Cold, Dark and Deep

Meet a scientist studying cold water corals and discover more about these overlooked ecosystems.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
Cuckoos in Raptors' Clothing
Cuckoos in Raptors' Clothing

Find out what makes the humble feather a marvel of communication.

27 May 2015 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)
Death in Paradise: Coral Reef Toxins
Death in Paradise: Coral Reef Toxins

Discover the important role that toxins play in complex coral reef ecosystems.

24 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00
9 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Flying Colours
Flying Colours

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

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

  • Families Families (12+)
Is There Water on the Moon?
Is There Water on the Moon?

Come and hear about new research on our neighbouring planet from a Museum space scientist.

31 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Life in the Colonies
Life in the Colonies

Explore the strange world of colonial animals and find out why there is strength in numbers.

3 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Life Under Foot: The Science of Soil
Life Under Foot: The Science of Soil

Meet a scientist who has studied soil formation and find out why the ground we walk on is so intimately bound to life.

16 June 2015 14:30

  • Adults Adults
Marvellous Moths
Marvellous Moths

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Birdwing Butterflies
Natural Histories: Birdwing Butterflies

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

20 June 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Giant Squid
Natural Histories: Giant Squid

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Great White Shark
Natural Histories: Great White Shark

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
Natural Histories: Happy Jerry
Natural Histories: Happy Jerry

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
Project Coral: Spawning Success
Project Coral: Spawning Success

Discover the pioneering research at the Horniman Museum and the important role it can play in coral reef conservation.

4 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Reef Encounters
Reef Encounters

Explore the coral reefs of the South Pacific and meet a scientist working to conserve these vital ecosystems.

21 June 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Reptiles of the Reef
Reptiles of the Reef

Discover the reptiles that visit coral reefs, from the enigmatic turtles to the venomous sea snakes.

16 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00
22 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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.

28 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
11 June 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
18 June 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
25 June 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
2 July 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.

30 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
13 June 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
11 July 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
8 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
26 September 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.

27 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
Spirals in Time
Spirals in Time

Discover the secrets of seashells with author and marine biologist Helen Scales.

29 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)
Spirit Collection Tour (BSL)

See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

13 June 2015 15:15 - 15:45
11 July 2015 15:15 - 15:45
8 August 2015 15:15 - 15:45

  • Everyone Everyone
Spirit Collection Tours
Spirit Collection Tours

See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

27 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45
28 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45
29 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45
30 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 14:15 - 14:45, 16:15 - 16:45
31 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 14:15 - 14:45, 16:15 - 16:45

  • Everyone Everyone
Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

1 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20
2 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20
3 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20
4 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20
5 June 2015 13:30 - 14:20

  • 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.

2 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
The Inside Story
The Inside Story

Discover more about the Museum's CT scanner, and the incredible stories behind the specimens that have gone inside.

3 July 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey

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

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

  • Families Families (12+)
The Microscopic World of the Fly
The Microscopic World of the Fly

Join a Museum expert to discover what we know about the anatomy and senses of the fly

19 June 2015 14:30

  • Adults Adults
The Secrets of Feathers: Not So Black and White
The Secrets of Feathers: Not So Black and White

Discover how Museum research on a rare form of raven has made biologists look again at plumage.

28 May 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)
Unearthing the Worm
Unearthing the Worm

Discover the secret world of the humble earthworm, and find out how important these creatures are to our ecosystem.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths
Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths

Join us as we discover more about these spectacular and aerobatic insects.

23 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Vibrant Butterflies
Vibrant Butterflies

Join a Museum scientist and see some of the most striking butterflies in the Museum's collection.

2 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00
29 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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