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A History of Life in 100 Fossils
A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Which fossils tell us the most about evolution? Join us as we choose highlights from 3.8 billion years of life on Earth

11 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00
22 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
A Sting in the Tail
A Sting in the Tail

Animals can have a dangerous streak. Today we'll find out about the more venomous species in our collections.

14 February 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.

14 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00
16 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
18 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
20 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
14 March 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00
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  • Families Families (7+)
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Meet Charles Darwin, he will share his collection of beetles and tell you his famous theory of evolution.

31 January 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
14 February 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
15 February 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
28 February 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
28 March 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Cocoon
Cocoon

Take a self-guided tour in the futuristic Cocoon and explore our insect and plant specimen collections and latest research.

26 January 2015
27 January 2015
28 January 2015
29 January 2015
30 January 2015

  • Anyone Anyone
Dino Snores
Dino Snores

Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum at night? Then come and sleep over. Suitable for children aged 7 - 11 years old.

21 February 2015 18:45
14 March 2015 18:45
25 April 2015 18:45
9 May 2015 18:45
13 June 2015 18:45

  • Anyone Anyone
From Corpses to Collections
From Corpses to Collections

Explore the grisly process of preparing dead animals, great and small, for our collections - not for the faint hearted.

9 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

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

31 January 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
7 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
18 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
19 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
21 February 2015 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.

26 January 2015 15:30 - 17:00
27 January 2015 15:30 - 17:00
28 January 2015 15:30 - 17:00
29 January 2015 15:30 - 17:00
30 January 2015 15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mary Anning
Mary Anning

Meet Mary Anning, a pioneering fossil hunter from 19th century.

8 February 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
8 March 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

Pick up a handheld guide to explore the Museum's galleries and collections when you visit.

28 November 2013 - 31 December 2023

  • Anyone Anyone
Plants in the Twilight
Plants in the Twilight

Join us as we find out about the plants that thrive in cave systems in southeast Asia.

1 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
6 February 2015 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.

29 January 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
5 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
12 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
19 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
26 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Anyone Anyone
Stegosaur Mysteries
Stegosaur Mysteries

Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

7 February 2015 12:30, 14:30
4 March 2015 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
The Animal Story puppet show
The Animal Story puppet show

Join Charlie the Fox and his friends on a magical adventure through the woodland and learn about British wildlife.

17 February 2015 11:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 14:30
18 February 2015 11:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 14:30
19 February 2015 11:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 14:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur
Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur

Can a palaeontologist convince you that the little known Lambeosaurus more interesting than the fearsome T. rex?

15 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
18 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Walking Like Dinosaurs
Walking Like Dinosaurs

Discover how much palaeontologists can tell by studying dinosaur footprints.

4 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Who do you think you really are? Interactive film
Who do you think you really are? Interactive film

Augmented reality brings extinct creatures to life in the studio in our interactive film about evolution.

26 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20
27 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20
28 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20
29 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20
30 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Worm Hunter
Worm Hunter

Discover how to hunt worms in your back garden, and what its like to hunt them around the world.

23 February 2015 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
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