Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

Event information

Event type: Behind-the-scenes, tour

Location: Meet at Turbinaria coral bay in Hintze Hall

Ticket prices:

Adult: £15

Due to COVID-19 restrictions these events have been cancelled until further notice.

Ticket holders for these events will be contacted to rebook or refund. For any enquiries, please contact us

We hope to introduce more live events soon. In the meantime, find out more about our programme of virtual events.

Go behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

As we explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

You'll meet Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research.

  • Important information

    The tour is suitable for adults and children aged eight and over. This age limit is in place because the tour content, specimens covered and chemical smells in the tank room are not suitable for younger children. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

    Due to the chemical smells in the tank room, the tours may also not be suitable for pregnant visitors.

    Bags are not allowed on the tour, but free use of the cloakroom is included in your ticket.

    If you'll be using a wheelchair on this tour, please let us know in advance so can we make appropriate arrangements.

    Please arrive at the Turbinaria coral bay in Hintze Hall a few minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin.

    Got a question? Call us on +44 (0)20 7942 5000, Monday to Friday, 9.30-17.30.

Event dates

Meeting point

Spirit Collection tours meet by the Turbinaria coral bay in Hintze Hall.

Deaf-led tour

Join John Wilson behind the scenes for a British Sign Language deaf-led tour around the Spirit Collection.