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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.

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

  • Adults Adults
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.

6 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
A Tragic Treasure: The Sad Story of the Dodo
A Tragic Treasure: The Sad Story of the Dodo

Discover the sad story of the dodo, one of the most famous extinct birds.

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

  • Families Families (7+)
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

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

9 May 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00
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
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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+)
Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers
Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers

Some of the world's leading wildlife photographers share their experiences and techniques.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators
Bryozoans: Ocean Indicators

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

13 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00
10 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Coral Reefs: Behind the Scenes
Coral Reefs: Behind the Scenes

Hear the behind-the-scenes account of creating the current Coral Reefs exhibition.

7 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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
Dig it: The Unknown Underground
Dig it: The Unknown Underground

Join us as we explore an underground world and learn about the elusive creatures that live within it.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
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+)
Giant Clams and Tall Stories
Giant Clams and Tall Stories

Dive into the mystery of giant clams and come up against the biggest shell in our collection.

6 May 2015 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.

14 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00
3 June 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Marvellous Moths
Marvellous Moths

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

13 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+)
Microscopic Sculptors of the Earth
Microscopic Sculptors of the Earth

Scientists know how temperature, rain and water salinity affect rocks but how does life affect them?

5 May 2015 14:30

  • Adults Adults
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
Seeing into the Past
Seeing into the Past

Explore some incredible fossils and get a glimpse of the earliest known examples of legs and eyes.

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

  • Adults Adults
Seven Deadly Colours
Seven Deadly Colours

Have you ever wondered where nature's dazzling colours come from? We discover the secrets behind nature's colour factories.

15 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
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.

7 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
14 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
21 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
28 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
11 June 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

5 May 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 12:40 - 13:10
6 May 2015 12:40 - 13:10
7 May 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10
8 May 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10, 13:40 - 14:10
9 May 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 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.

5 May 2015 13:30 - 14:20
6 May 2015 13:30 - 14:20
7 May 2015 13:30 - 14:20
11 May 2015 13:30 - 14:20
12 May 2015 13:30 - 14:20

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

23 May 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
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 Pitcairn Islands: Marine Bounty
The Pitcairn Islands: Marine Bounty

Find out what it's like to research the marine life surrounding some of the most remote islands on Earth.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
The Plants That Bite Back
The Plants That Bite Back

Join us as we look at the different ways carnivorous plants catch their food, and discover the ones growing wild in Britain.

18 May 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Tracks of the Past
Tracks of the Past

Find out how fossilised walkways can help us understand the past and the present.

21 May 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

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

  • Adults Adults
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