Darwin Centre

Darwin Centre

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.



Explore the galleries with the Museum map

Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.


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

The Cocoon is open.

Nature Live Online

Nature Live talks have moved online.

Join the team for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research.

You can ask questions during the live broadcast on YouTube. 

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.

The tours are cancelled until further notice.

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.