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Happy 206th birthday Charles Darwin! Let's celebrate Darwin day in Porto!

Darwin International Day celebration is held every year on this day- 12th February, the day Charles Darwin was born, to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general, as well .

This date is celebrated all around the world, and Porto is no exception.

What are the origins of modern life? This was the question that troubled Darwin for the entirety of his life, which was a journey to unveiling the truth about all things terrestrial, by studying naturalism and biology.

At a time when science was seen as something that threatened the established system, Darwin was such kind of genius that comes up, maybe once in a blue moon, and with immense intellectual curiosity and bravery set himself to study the origin of species.

The Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MNHC-UP) joins the celebrations of such important date (Darwin would celebrate 206 years old!) and invites everyone for a full programme of free events for the all family.

Set the date on your agenda, as on 16th February, Porto Botanical Garden and the Biodiversity Gallery - Centre for Living Science- provides a "one of a kind opportunity to remember Darwin, in a fun and educational way".

Activities kick off at 11am, with a hand-on workshop for families. After, there is an exploration route into Porto Botanical Garden, where children and adults alike will be able to "explore and document the entire world of species living in the UP habitat".

The afternoon activities include three guided tours (thirty minutes each) to the Biodiversity Gallery, at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, de 30 minutes, on the themes of the Evolution Theory and Natural Selection, formulated by Charles Darwin. The afternoon closes with a fun and educational quiz.

All activities are access free, but with limited number of participants; so, prior registration is mandatory at the Educational Service of The Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto, via email