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30th May and 1st June 2024:
11.00 – 4.00

Bees, Beetles, Bugs and Beautiful Butterflies

Find out about: pollinators,  pests, producers and the absolutely peculiar

  • Open Day free: no booking required
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Limited to 25 in the Museum at any one time


The Museum of Life Sciences plays host to a programme of events throughout the year, including its own lecture series, Lectures in Life Sciences. This aims to promote an interest in, and understanding of, the Life Sciences throughout the college and lectures are designed to be accessible to the general college community. Each is followed by an informal reception in the Museum, where members of the audience can meet each other as well as the speaker and where, if possible, a small selection of relevant specimens is exhibited.

Lectures will resume in the Autumn.

Previous lectures have included:

  • Animals, Pathologists & Medicine
  • How large animals (including humans) overcome gravity
  • Another Blow for Life Sciences: The blowfish and tetrodotoxin
  • Labour Pains? Blame them on the placoderms
  • Blowflies: friends, foes and forensics
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK: Is it here to stay?
  • Darwin’s creatures revisited: a whole new can of worms
  • Gender-Bending Chemicals
  • Getting a bite together: how tooth patterns form
  • Human Evolution
  • Parasitic Flatworms: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Plant Aphrodisiacs: the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?
  • Venomous Animals
  • The origin of our species
  • Alan Turing and the enigma of biological form

Past events: Open House at the Museum of Life Sciences

When: 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017

A rare opportunity to explore the Museum of Life Sciences, a ‘small gem in the heart of London’!

    • Discover how our baby elephant got its head back
    • Make a tooth for our crocodile
    • 'Find the bone' on yourself and other animals
    • Try your hand at our unique jigsaw of the Tree of Life
    • Get some hands-on experience of handling zoological specimens at our ‘handling table’

Some of the museums’ historic microscope slides and plant specimens will be on display too, and you can also watch our regular art-group at work – as well as doing some drawing of your own.

Visitors are also free to examine the eclectic range of plant, animal and pharmaceutical specimens housed in the museum and view the unique collection of glass sculptures and models which celebrate the role of King’s College in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Suitable for adults and accompanied children. All welcome.

Contact the Museum

The Museum is open to members of the college and their invited guests during the opening hours of the Gordon Museum. We regret that the Museum is not currently accesible to the public, but we do plan to open to the public in future when funding allows. Visits by academically-related non-members of the College can be arranged with the Curator. The Museum is situated in the Hodgkin Building, on the Guy’s Site of King’s College. It is close to London Bridge underground and mainline stations and is well served by buses. Access is via the Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building unless by prior agreement when non-step access direct from the Memorial Garden in the centre of the site can be arranged.

Museum of Life Sciences, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus, London SE1 1UL