Deaf-led Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

Event information

Join us for this behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's spirit collection. 

Adult: £25

Join John Wilson behind the scenes for a British Sign Language deaf-led tour around the Museum's fascinating spirit collection.

Explore some of the Darwin Centre's treasures among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

You'll see Archie, the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin and learn more about how the collections are used for our scientific research.

Please note this tour is in British Sign Language and does not include a voiceover.


  • 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? Email us.

Event dates

Meeting point

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

Exclusive Member tour

Members have access to exclusive, extended tours of the spirit collection.