Monday, 24 June 2019

A VISIT TO THE LONDON NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

On my recent visit to Kensington I thought I'd pop into The London Natural
History Museum. And although I had visited there a few years ago, I was
keen to see their new exhibition The Museum of The Moon, a giant model
of the Moon created by artist Luke Jerram. Apparently this art installation
has been touring the World since 2016.
It seems that it came to The Natural History Museum just in time to
celebrate the 50th year anniversary since that first Moon landing by
Apollo 11 back in 1969.
And depending on what time you visit the Moon exhibition you just might
catch a performance by a troupe of dancers to liven up the proceedings.
The Museum of the Moon runs until January 1st 2020.

The Museum building itself is quite a draw with it's mixture of Gothic Revival
and twelfth century Romanesque-style architecture, a style that was
in line with Museum founder Sir Richard Owen's vision of creating a
'cathedral to nature.'
There's definitely something of Harry Potter about the whole place.
The Museum first opened in 1881 and the visiting figures today are quite
impressive, with over 4 million visitors each year.

THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM WEBSITE

Above: The main front entry to the Museum

And below is The Main Hall.
Above: With clever robotics, this giant Dinosaur (above left and below) seemed to
come to life. The children certainly enjoyed this display.
And yet it's amazing how big these pre-historic creatures were.

The Museum's Palaeontology collection includes more than 250,000 fossil
mammals, covering over 200 million years of mammalian evolutionary
history. 
Below left: The front entry to The Main Hall.
And below right, the sitting statue of Charles Darwin
by Joseph Boehm.

Below, busy crowds entering and leaving The Museum.

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