Member Tour: The Spirit Collection

Event information

An extended version of our behind-the-scenes spirit collection tour, exclusively for Members.

Various dates and times.

Members only: £25

Go behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators for an extended 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.

Members will enjoy exclusive access to additional rooms on the tour and will have added time to ask all your questions. 

Exclusive Member event

Tickets to this event are available to Members only, you will be asked to show your membership card, as well as your ticket, at the beginning of the tour.

Become a Member today and enjoy benefits including free admission to exhibitions, priority Museum entry and access to tickets for events such as this one. It's easy to join online.

  • Important information

    Tickets to this event are available to Members only, you will be asked to show your membership card, as well as your ticket, at the beginning of the tour.

    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.

Meeting point

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

Event dates

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