In Awe of Natural History

Our incredible history - all in one place

The Natural History Museum is a truly amazing place. It is jam packed with more than enough information to pack into any comprehensive day out. I made my visit on a Sunday afternoon which in hindsight was probably not the best day to visit as there was a solid queue to the museum which was running to capacity. Still we are in Britain and they do not know how to organise an orderly line of visitors here and this one moved along happily and was well marshalled by the helpful purple clad museum folk.

Once inside the visitor is met with a multiplicity of choices from the standard fare like mammals and reptiles to very regular new exhibitions (the current one is on animal photography) but they are generally charged for. Sadly we had no time to do this one as there were so many other diversions ‘en route’ - we plumped for volcanoes, human evolution and dinosaurs (a good half-days' worth).

The museum collection covers just about everything any lover of natural history could hope for with just about every subject including botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology covered in exquisite detail with a collection of over 80 million items in a huge building (a fine example of high Victorian architecture). If you don’t know the difference between a butterfly and a moth (as one of my party didn’t) – prepare to be amazed.

Our ‘dip in the water’ was compelling, informative and highly educational and to do these marvellous exhibitions justice we should have been there all day. It’s very child friendly and the most enraptively attentive youngsters should be taken to directly to the dinosaurs, which are guaranteed to engender much silent wonder. The Kobe supermarket under earthquake conditions inspired not a little awe – whilst the ‘real life’ neanderthal and homo-erectus models in the evolution section are displayed in real life nonchalance.

Sadly this absorbing afternoon came to end only too soon and it was time to return to the lodgings but I for one will be sure to come back. The museum is free but satisfied visitors have the option of donating on the way out – and the suggested fiver is well worth the admission