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Friday 29 April 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16

A stunning showcase of the very best nature photography, revealing the beauty and diversity of life on Earth.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

14:45 - 15:05, 16:45 - 17:05

  • Adults Adults
Lates
Lates

Enjoy exhibitions, galleries and special events in the evening with food, drink and friends.

18:00 - 22:00

  • Everyone Everyone
Silent Tour: Nature's Giants
Silent Tour: Nature's Giants

Join Museum scientist Richard Sabin on a gallery tour of the largest and toughest mammals in the world.

18:30 - 19:15, 19:30 - 20:15, 20:30 - 21:15

  • Everyone Everyone
The Wunderkammer at the Museum (April)
The Wunderkammer at the Museum (April)

Enjoy a comedic take on the extremes of nature with the improvised theatre of The Wunderkammer, and hear from Museum experts.

18:45 - 20:00, 20:30 - 21:45

  • Adults Adults
Chili Peppers: Turning up the heat
Chili Peppers: Turning up the heat

Chili peppers can pack a punch. Find out why they can be extremely hot, and put your taste buds to the test.

19:00 - 20:00, 20:45 - 21:45

  • 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)
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1-3): 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) Encounter the Museum's largest, smallest and possibly most beautiful specimens.

10:30 - 11:05, 11:30 - 12:05, 12:30 - 13:05, 13:30 - 14:05

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 2-3)
Dino Scientists
Dino Scientists

School event (KS2) Become a dinosaur scientist for the day using our incredible galleries.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Cutting Edge workshop
Cutting Edge workshop

School event (KS2) Investigate how teeth are related 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)
Minibeast Pond Safari
Minibeast Pond Safari

Schools event (KS2) Survey the diverse species living in and around the pond of the Museum's Wildlife Garden.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

School event (Reception, KS1) Develop your pupils' science skills with this self-guided tour through the Museum.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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

  • Families Families (all ages)
Pressed into History: Plants and the rise of Biology
Pressed into History: Plants and the rise of Biology

Discover some of the oldest plant specimens in the Museum collections.

15:45 - 16:15

  • Adults Adults
Talk and Film Screening: Adaptation on Everest
Talk and Film Screening: Adaptation on Everest

Join experienced summiteer Neil Laughton and a Museum scientist in conversation before a full screening of 2015 film Everest.

18:30 - 21:45

  • Everyone Everyone
Panel Discussion: Extreme Survivors
Panel Discussion: Extreme Survivors

Hear from our expert panel and ask questions about the extreme adaptations of some of the world's toughest species.

19:30 - 21:00

  • Everyone Everyone

Saturday 30 April 2016

Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16

A stunning showcase of the very best nature photography, revealing the beauty and diversity of life on Earth.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

11:30 - 11:50, 13:30 - 13:50, 15:30 - 15:50

  • 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)
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)
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, 13:30 - 14:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Marvellous Moths of Madagascar
Marvellous Moths of Madagascar

Discover the many wonderful species of moth in Madagascar and find out more about the diversity of the island.

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

  • Everyone Everyone

Sunday 1 May 2016

Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16

A stunning showcase of the very best nature photography, revealing the beauty and diversity of life on Earth.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

11:30 - 11:50, 13:30 - 13:50, 15:30 - 15:50

  • 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)
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)
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, 13:30 - 14:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
The Tales in Teeth
The Tales in Teeth

Find out what teeth tell us about people living in bygone times.

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

  • Families Families (12+)

Monday 2 May 2016

Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16

A stunning showcase of the very best nature photography, revealing the beauty and diversity of life on Earth.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

11:00 - 11:20, 12:15 - 12:35, 13:45 - 14:05, 15:30 - 15:50

  • 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)
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.

11:30

  • 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, 13:30 - 14:15, 15:30 - 16:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Puppets - Hungry Caterpillar and Frog Prince
Puppets - Hungry Caterpillar and Frog Prince

A lively storytelling with puppets based on amazing insights into the natural world.

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

  • Families Families (under 7s)

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
Specimen Preparation in Action: V Factor and the Carpological Collection
Specimen Preparation in Action: V Factor and the Carpological Collection

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

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

  • Everyone Everyone
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

14:45 - 15:05, 16:00 - 16:20

  • 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)
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1-3): 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)
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show

School event (KS3) Volcanoes and earthquakes take centre stage in this action-packed show.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 3)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Schools event (KS2) Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Dino Scientists
Dino Scientists

School event (KS2) Become a dinosaur scientist for the day using our incredible galleries.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

School event (Reception, KS1) Develop your pupils' science skills with this self-guided tour through the Museum.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Wildlife Garden Explorers
Wildlife Garden Explorers

School event (Foundation Stage (3 years+), KS1) Investigate the wildlife garden in the role of explorers.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Evolution Workshop
Evolution Workshop

School event (Year Six) Compare fossils and explore how life has changed over time in this workshop.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Storytelling with Puppets: The Hungry Caterpillar and the Frog Prince
Storytelling with Puppets: The Hungry Caterpillar and the Frog Prince

School event (EYFS, KS1) Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animal and plant life.

11:30, 13:00

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

14:45 - 15:05, 16:00 - 16:20

  • 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)
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1-3): 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)
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show

School event (KS3) Volcanoes and earthquakes take centre stage in this action-packed show.

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

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

School event (KS2) Investigate how teeth are related 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)
Dino Scientists
Dino Scientists

School event (KS2) Become a dinosaur scientist for the day using our incredible galleries.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

School event (Reception, KS1) Develop your pupils' science skills with this self-guided tour through the Museum.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Dino Scene Investigation
Dino Scene Investigation

Schools event (KS2) Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Super Stegosaurus Workshop
Super Stegosaurus Workshop

School event (KS1) Investigate Stegosaurus and discover how scientists piece together fossil finds.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Wildlife Garden Explorers
Wildlife Garden Explorers

School event (Foundation Stage (3 years+), KS1) Investigate the wildlife garden in the role of explorers.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Mary Anning gallery character
Mary Anning gallery character

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

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone

Thursday 5 May 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

Admire exquisite and historic artworks by two masters of scientific illustration.

  • Everyone Everyone
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

  • Everyone Everyone
Sensational Butterflies exhibition
Sensational Butterflies exhibition

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in our tropical butterfly house.

  • Families Families (all ages)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Go on a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world's largest coral reef.

14:45 - 15:05, 16:00 - 16:20

  • 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)
Investigate for schools
Investigate for schools

School event (KS1-3): 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)
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show
Rocks the House - Earth Science Show

School event (KS3) Volcanoes and earthquakes take centre stage in this action-packed show.

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

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

School event (KS2) Investigate how teeth are related 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)
Dino Scientists
Dino Scientists

School event (KS2) Become a dinosaur scientist for the day using our incredible galleries.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals
Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

School event (Reception, KS1) Develop your pupils' science skills with this self-guided tour through the Museum.

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

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
Super Stegosaurus Workshop
Super Stegosaurus Workshop

School event (KS1) Investigate Stegosaurus and discover how scientists piece together fossil finds.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 1)
Evolution Workshop
Evolution Workshop

School event (Year Six) Compare fossils and explore how life has changed over time in this workshop.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Minibeast Pond Safari
Minibeast Pond Safari

Schools event (KS2) Survey the diverse species living in and around the pond of the Museum's Wildlife Garden.

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

  • Schools Schools (Key Stage 2)
Storytelling with Puppets: The Hungry Caterpillar and the Frog Prince
Storytelling with Puppets: The Hungry Caterpillar and the Frog Prince

School event (EYFS, KS1) Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animal and plant life.

11:30, 13:00

  • Schools Schools (Early Years Foundation)
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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone
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