A few weeks ago my little sister came over for a visit and being a 10 year old at heart I thought we should spend the day looking at dinosaurs and meteors and everything else in between. The Natural History museum was of course the right choice and we were greeted by Dippy, the iconic Diplodocus that was cast from the original specimen found in America. It still manages to overwhelm and excite crowds even though it was first unveiled over 100 years ago in 1905.
You just cannot comprehend Dippy’s scale and that famous scene from Jurassic Park comes to mind when the dinos are first revealed to the two doctors. The museum itself is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.
The museum library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections. Because the library is under constant development, items are moved around and sometimes even imported from different museums around the world to ensure no one visit is ever the same.
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NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE
Fully completed in 1883, the National History Museum to me is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the capital. Both the interiors and exteriors of the Waterhouse building make extensive use of terracotta tiles to resist the sooty London climate.
The central axis of the museum is aligned with the tower of Imperial College London and the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial further north. These all form part of the complex known colloquially as Albertopolis. (source: Wikipedia)
Specimens and research by people such as Charles Darwin are contained within these walls and hold massive scientific value. This has lead to many people dubbing the museum ‘The Cathedral of Nature’ and complemtned by the icnoic architecture it’s easy to see why.
Although we only spent a few hours at the museum it left us with an enormous impression and a feeling that we have only just begun to scratch the surface.
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