Event information

Event type: Self-led

Location: Cocoon

Suitable for: key stage 3 (ages 11-14), key stage 4 (ages 14-16), post-16 (ages 16-18)

Duration: About 45 minutes

Ticket prices:

Free, no booking required

Take your students on a journey through the Darwin Centre's Cocoon. This interactive gallery will inspire your students to learn more about the diversity of life.

Find out how we store, care for and use our 20 million entomology and botany specimens, and hear some of the stories from behind the scenes.

Our interactive exhibits will provide students with the answers to questions such as:

  • Who were the first collectors and how did their methods differ from those of modern-day scientists?
  • How do scientists organise, classify and name specimens?
  • Why is our collection so valuable for research and how do we share it with the world?
  • What do molecular techniques tell us about our specimens and how is this helping in the fight against malaria?

School group visits to the Museum

The Museums at South Kensington and Tring have reopened to the general public. 

Due to Health and Safety guidelines we are unable to welcome back large group visits, including school groups, until further notice. This is for both self-guided visits and booked workshops and shows.

We are currently working on a plan for school visits to return, as well as exciting opportunities for us to connect with you digitally in school. Please email if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students back as soon as we can. Sign up to our Teachers' newsletter to be the first to hear when school bookings re-open.

Essential information

Everything you need to know for a smooth-running day, from where to go for lunch to completing a risk assessment.

How to find the Cocoon

The Cocoon is located in the Darwin Centre.

Museum map PDF (657KB)