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what's on

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

Friday 29 July 2016

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. Free.

  • Everyone Everyone
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 13:10 - 13:30, 15:20 - 15:40

  • Adults Adults
Lates July
Lates July

Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

18:00 - 22:00

  • Adults Adults
Nature's Traffic Lights: Colour and Meaning
Nature's Traffic Lights: Colour and Meaning

Join Museum experts to take a closer look at some of the more curious cases of colourful communication in the natural world.

18:45 - 21:15

  • Adults Adults
The Wunderkammer at the Museum - July
The Wunderkammer at the Museum - July

Enjoy a comedic take on colour and vision in the natural world with the improvised theatre of The Wunderkammer.

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

  • Adults Adults
Nature's Palette
Nature's Palette

Discover the beauty and variety of natural pigments, then create an original artwork inspired by the Museum's bright bugs.

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

  • Adults Adults
Colourful Cocktails
Colourful Cocktails

Try three delicious botanical cocktails as you learn about the natural world's vibrant spectrum of colours.

19:00 - 20:45, 20:45 - 22:30

  • 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)
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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone
Puppets - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep
Puppets - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep

Join the world of the deep blue sea with these two delightful stories set beneath the waves.

12:00, 13:30

  • Families Families (under 7s)
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+)

Saturday 30 July 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

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

  • 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)
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 13:10 - 13:30, 15:20 - 15:40

  • 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
Marvellous Mammals of Madagascar
Marvellous Mammals of Madagascar

Find out about some incredible creatures that live in Madagascar

12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (12+)

Sunday 31 July 2016

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. Free.

  • Everyone Everyone
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 13:10 - 13:30, 15:20 - 15:40

  • 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)
Pond Life
Pond Life

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

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

  • 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.

11:30

  • 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 - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep
Puppets - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep

Join the world of the deep blue sea with these two delightful stories set beneath the waves.

12:00, 13:30

  • Families Families (under 7s)
The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey

Find out what motivates butterflies to migrate and how they're adapted to make the journey.

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

  • Families Families (12+)

Monday 1 August 2016

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)
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

  • Everyone Everyone
Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

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

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 12:20 - 12:40, 14:30 - 14:50, 15:50 - 16:10

  • 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)
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.

11:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Puppets - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep
Puppets - Little Mermaid and Tales from the Deep

Join the world of the deep blue sea with these two delightful stories set beneath the waves.

12:00, 13:30

  • Families Families (under 7s)

Tuesday 2 August 2016

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. Free.

  • Everyone Everyone
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 12:20 - 12:40, 14:30 - 14:50, 15:50 - 16:10

  • Adults Adults
Preparing the Carpological Collection
Preparing 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
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)
Pond Life
Pond Life

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

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

  • 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.

11:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Carl Linnaeus
Carl Linnaeus

Meet Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, he will share his idea for naming living things with you.

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, 13:30 - 14:15

  • Everyone Everyone

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

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

  • 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)
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 12:20 - 12:40, 14:30 - 14:50, 15:50 - 16:10

  • 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)
Pond Life
Pond Life

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

11:00 - 11:45

  • 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.

11:30

  • 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

  • Everyone Everyone
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

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

14:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (7+)

Thursday 4 August 2016

Bauer Brothers art exhibition
Bauer Brothers art exhibition

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

  • 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)
Colour and Vision exhibition
Colour and Vision exhibition

Experience the eye-opening story that created our colourful world.

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

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.

10:50 - 11:10, 12:20 - 12:40, 14:30 - 14:50, 15:50 - 16:10

  • 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)
Pond Life
Pond Life

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

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

  • 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.

11:30

  • 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

  • Everyone Everyone
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