Darwin Centre

Darwin Centre

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Explore science and nature in the Darwin Centre's Cocoon, meet experts at Attenborough Studio events, and see specimens close up in the Zoology spirit building.

Drop in to the Centre for UK Biodiversity in the Cocoon atrium or relax outside in the adjoining courtyard.

A memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is in the courtyard.

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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

Nature Live

Join the Nature Live team each week for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists, cutting-edge research and incredible specimens from the Museum's collections.

Attenborough Studio
Free, no ticket required

Spirit collection tours

Meet Archie the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, Darwin's octopus and other specimens preserved in jars (or tanks), in a behind-the-scenes tour of our Zoology spirit building.

Various dates, £15, bookings essential

Hire this space

The Darwin Centre and courtyard are available to hire for private events and parties.

Find out more about venue hire at the Museum.