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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+)
Animal Vision show
Animal Vision show

Schools event (KS 2-3) This live animal show investigates a world only visible to certain animals.

22 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
23 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
24 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
25 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
28 September 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
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
Earth science show - Rocks the House
Earth science show - Rocks the House

School event (KS3): Marvel at the power within the Earth.

8 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00
9 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00
10 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00
11 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00
29 June 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 3)
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+)
How to Make a Tapeworm
How to Make a Tapeworm

Everyone knows what a tapeworm is but what are they really and where did they come from?

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

  • Families Families (7+)
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+)
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
Secrets of the Stegosaur
Secrets of the Stegosaur

A second chance to enjoy our popular Stegosaurus event. Hear experts share their knowledge about our spectacular specimen.

26 June 2015 19:00 - 20:30

  • Adults Adults
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+)
The Botany of Fairy Tales
The Botany of Fairy Tales

Join a Museum scientist and discover more about the incredible plant life that features in our popular fairy tales.

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

  • Families Families (12+)
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+)
The Variety Show
The Variety Show

Schools (KS2, KS3) Encounter the Museum's largest, smallest and possibly most beautiful specimens.

2 June 2015 10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05
3 June 2015 10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05
4 June 2015 10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05
15 June 2015 10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05
16 June 2015 10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
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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