Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Darwin Centre opens at the Natural History Museum

The Attenborough Studio at the Darwin Centre

Today sees the grand opening of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum in London.

The Wellcome Trust provided the first funding to the £78 million, state-of-the-art research facility, which invites visitors to come and watch scientists working, as well as find out more about the latest insights into the natural world.

Amongst the highlights are the 65 metre long, eight storey concrete 'Cocoon', housing millions of insect and plant specimens, as well as 200 of the museum's scientists.

Other features include the Attenborough Studio, a state-of-the-art communication centre housing innovative technology, Museum specimens, live animals, natural history film footage and scientists. Named after the Tree of Life’s very own Sir David Attenborough, the Studio promises an inspiring programme of free daily films and live events.

For more information about the Darwin Centre, please visit the website.

A taster of photos from the press pack (all images © 2009 Natural History Museum, London):

Visitors in the Looking Closer space in Cocoon

Visitors at the Decoding DNA space in Cocoon

The Attenborough Studio

Visitors in Cocoon

The Climate Change Wall in the Darwin Centre

Visitors in Cocoon

The entrance hall and Cocoon

Exterior of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History
Museum, London

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