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Meet experts, handle specimens and see what goes on behind the scenes.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Uncover a replica dinosaur skull and learn more about the wonderful world of fossils.

11:00 - 13:00

  • 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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

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

10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15

  • 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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)

Thursday 6 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Close Up On Corals
Close Up On Corals

Join our science educators for a series of activities about coral reefs and the creatures that live alongside them.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Hands On Nature - Ocean Life
Hands On Nature - Ocean Life

Discover some of the wonder and variety of marine creatures and find out why they're so special.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

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

  • Families Families (12+)

Friday 7 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

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

  • Families Families (7+)

Saturday 8 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • 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.

11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Family Explorer Backpacks
Family Explorer Backpacks

Families can explore the galleries together with a passport, binoculars and activity book.

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

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

10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00

  • 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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)

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

11:30 - 12:00

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone

Sunday 9 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Family Explorer Backpacks
Family Explorer Backpacks

Families can explore the galleries together with a passport, binoculars and activity book.

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Pond Life
Pond Life

Discover the creatures living in the Museum pond with our Science educators.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (7-12)
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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

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

11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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.

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

  • Families Families (12+)

Monday 10 August 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.

  • Everyone Everyone
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical reefs and meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Mapping a Nation exhibition
Mapping a Nation exhibition

See how William Smith created Britain's first geological map in the Museum's Mapping a Nation exhibition.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience
David Attenborough's First Life VR experience

Journey back in time with David Attenborough and dive into Earth's ancient oceans.

11:15 - 11:30, 13:30 - 13:45, 15:30 - 15:45

  • Adults Adults
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
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.

11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:30 - 15:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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