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Sunday 1 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
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)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

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

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

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45

  • 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.

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

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Monday 2 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1, 2 and 3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
The Variety Show
The Variety Show

Schools (KS2 & KS3) Excite your students about diversity, complexity and beauty of life in this fun science show.

10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
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.

10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

13:30 - 14:20

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1, 2 and 3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Cutting Edge workshop
Cutting Edge workshop

School event (KS2:Y3-4): Look at how teeth relate to diet in this interactive workshop.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
The Great Debate Workshop
The Great Debate Workshop

Relive the heated debate surrounding the publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

10:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 14:15

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 4)
The Variety Show
The Variety Show

Schools (KS2 & KS3) Excite your students about diversity, complexity and beauty of life in this fun science show.

10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
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.

10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

  • Anyone Anyone
Storytelling with Puppets: Jackie and the Beanstalk & Three Billy Goats Gruff
Storytelling with Puppets: Jackie and the Beanstalk & Three Billy Goats Gruff

Nursery, reception, KS1 Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animals and plants life.

11:30 - 12:00, 13:00 - 13:30

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
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.

13:30 - 14:20

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30

  • Anyone Anyone
Biology AS and A-Level day
Biology AS and A-Level day

Schools - Get your students excited about working in science and see real examples of biology in use.

  • Schools Schools (Post-16)
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1, 2 and 3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Cutting Edge workshop
Cutting Edge workshop

School event (KS2:Y3-4): Look at how teeth relate to diet in this interactive workshop.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
The Bird Table
The Bird Table

Schools event (KS1 and KS2) Drop in to this fun activity with our science educators.

10:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Gallery character: Circadian Sam
Gallery character: Circadian Sam

School event (KS1): Help Circadian Sam sort out which animals should be asleep by looking at their features.

10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:45 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
The Colour of Nature
The Colour of Nature

Schools event (KS3) Explore colour in the natural world with Museum specimens in this hands-on science workshop.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 3)
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.

10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

  • Anyone Anyone
Interactive Film: Who do you think you really are? - schools screening
Interactive Film: Who do you think you really are? - schools screening

This interactive film will transport your students back in time to explore the tree of life.

10:45 - 11:35

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 4)
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.

13:30 - 14:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Walking Like Dinosaurs
Walking Like Dinosaurs

Discover how much palaeontologists can tell by studying dinosaur footprints.

14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Thursday 5 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
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

  • Anyone Anyone
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1, 2 and 3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
The Colour of Nature
The Colour of Nature

Schools event (KS3) Explore colour in the natural world with Museum specimens in this hands-on science workshop.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 3)
Cutting Edge workshop
Cutting Edge workshop

School event (KS2:Y3-4): Look at how teeth relate to diet in this interactive workshop.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
The Variety Show
The Variety Show

Schools (KS2 & KS3) Excite your students about diversity, complexity and beauty of life in this fun science show.

10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Schools event (KS2) - Uncover a replica dinosaur skull and learn more about the wonderful world of fossils.

10:30 - 11:15, 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
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.

10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

  • Anyone Anyone
Storytelling with Puppets: Jackie and the Beanstalk & Three Billy Goats Gruff
Storytelling with Puppets: Jackie and the Beanstalk & Three Billy Goats Gruff

Nursery, reception, KS1 Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animals and plants life.

11:30 - 12:00, 13:00 - 13:30

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
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.

13:30 - 14:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Microbes Make Medicine
Microbes Make Medicine

Meet a scientist who modifies microbes to improve drug production of the future.

14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
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.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Friday 6 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30

  • Anyone Anyone
Crime Scene Live - After Hours event
Crime Scene Live - After Hours event

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

18:30 - 22:00

  • Adults Adults
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1, 2 and 3): Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre.

10:30 - 11:20, 11:30 - 12:20, 12:30 - 13:20, 13:30 - 14:20

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Gallery Character: Mary Anning
Gallery Character: Mary Anning

School event (KS2): Meet pioneering nineteenth-century fossil hunter Mary Anning.

10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:45 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Schools event (KS2) - Uncover a replica dinosaur skull and learn more about the wonderful world of fossils.

10:30 - 11:15, 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
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.

10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

  • Anyone Anyone
Interactive Film: Who do you think you really are? - schools screening
Interactive Film: Who do you think you really are? - schools screening

This interactive film will transport your students back in time to explore the tree of life.

10:45 - 11:35, 12:00 - 12:50, 13:15 - 14:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 4)
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.

13:30 - 14:20

  • 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.

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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
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.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone

Saturday 7 February 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

  • Anyone Anyone
Multimedia guides
Multimedia guides

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

  • Anyone Anyone
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)
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

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

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

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
Stegosaur Mysteries
Stegosaur Mysteries

Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
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.

15:30 - 16:20

  • Anyone Anyone
Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

16:30 - 16:45

  • Anyone Anyone
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

16:50 - 17:05

  • Anyone Anyone
Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

17:10 - 17:25

  • Anyone Anyone
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