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The Darwin CentreThe unveiling of the cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum on 15th September is a significant milestone for the well-known scientific centre. This latest development brings the vast building project, begun in 2002, to its final phase - the same year as the 200th anniversary of the great evolutionary theorist. From 15th September you can visit the stunning new £78 million building project, home to an incredible 22 million specimens including 17 million insect and 3 million plant specimens. The cocoon-like eight-storey building is home to working laboratories and state-of-the-art science facilities, which will be used by researchers as well as being open to the public. You can explore a working scientific environment, find out the latest discoveries and learn all about the specimens through special viewing decks and video link-ups. Daily talks and demonstrations by the museum's expert scientists provide an engaging insight into the natural world. The Darwin Centre is undoubtedly the most exciting development at the Natural History Museum since it first opened in 1881, and one not to be missed.

 

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Victoria Railway Station
 
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