Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Natural History Museum, London

London's Natural History Museum has the feel of stepping back in time. It's High Victorian architecture makes the Natural History Museum a cathedral of science and history. A majestic building filled with the odd and the unusual-the Dinosaurs have to be my favorite.

There is just something about these old bones with their black paint that seem to better fit the mind than more modern plastic models and scale replicas. Though the Natural History Museum has more modern Dinosaur exhibits as well. Well, as modern as something a hundred million years old can be anyway.

The Natural History Museum in London is also one of the spots that I missed on trips to London. They do have a nice website though and while there is no virtual tour, there is a lot of info on hand. It even tells you what kind of jobs are open at the moment-900 odd jobs about the place, hey, you never know.

Make sure that you take some time while your there to go on the tensile walkway and take the rare opportunity to look down on a dinosaur. This is an wonderfully dark and shadowy place, or so I am told. Lighting plays a big part in making the dinosaurs of the Natural History Museum just a tad scary as well as educational.

The Natural History Museum in London is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

It's not just giant skeletons hanging about the lobby, but even if it was, that would be enough for a visit to a free world class museum wouldn't it? As with all the great London attractions there is far too much to see-but it is fun trying to see everything, isn't it?

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