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Monday 31 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
Family Explorer Backpacks
Family Explorer Backpacks

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

  • Families Families (under 7s)
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)
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

Tuesday 1 September 2015

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
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)

Wednesday 2 September 2015

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.

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)

Thursday 3 September 2015

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
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)
Sloane's Vegetable Substances
Sloane's Vegetable Substances

See Sir Hans Sloanes herbarium dating back from 1660 to 1753.

11:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults

Friday 4 September 2015

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
Crime Scene Live-September
Crime Scene Live-September

Do you have what it takes to catch a killer? Find out in our interactive forensics event.

18:30 - 22:00

  • 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)
Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts
Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts

Meet a team of scientists dedicated to documenting and monitoring UK wildlife, and enthusing others.

14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults

Saturday 5 September 2015

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.

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)
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

  • Families Families (all ages)

Sunday 6 September 2015

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)
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

  • Families Families (all ages)
Marvellous Moths
Marvellous Moths

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
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