Sunday, 16 August 2009

Sunday Snaps 5 - Natural History Museum

Earlier this week, Dori and I went up to London for a day-trip. We decided that we would go to the Natural History Museum in Kensington. The museum is housed inside one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole of London. We took a few photos while we were up there, and so I thought that I would share them with you today. The first two pics show the outside of the museum. When we arrived there were long queues to go into both entrances - we had forgotten that the schools were still out for the summer! Anyhoo, we joined the shorter of the two lines and were inside soon enough.

There are some great exhibits in the NHM, a lot of which are interactive. We were a little reluctant to try too many of the interactive elements though, due to the current Swine Flu outbreak. You never know what germs the person before you may have!! The main entrance to the museum opens up into the Central Hall, which is overlooked by a statue of Charles Darwin. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth.

We didn't have time to see everything in the museum, especially as the queue for the dinosaur exhibit was over 45 minutes long, so we have already decided to go back another day - when all the kids are back at school. But we enjoyed our day out. Have a look at this little quirky video that Dori filmed during our day. It shows a bit of our train journey there and back, as well as some views of the museum itself. It is the latest in Dori's new Mini Cam Moments Series. I hope you like it.


April said...

Dang I spent 3 years in England and never managed to visit the Natural History Museum there and I love Natural History Museums :( .

I did however visit lots of castles :D

Brit Boy said...

I'm sorry that you missed out on a visit to this wonderful museum - it is certainly worth a visit. And you are right that there are a lot of castles to visit - that might even be the subject of a future Sunday Snaps! Enjoy your day.

Dr. Lauren said...

What an beautiful museum. I assume the structure used to be or still is a church. What's the history there?

Brit Boy said...

Dr Lauren
We thought exactly the same thing, but having done some research I found that it was actually purpose-built as the new Natural History Museum when the collection got too big for its old home. It is a wonderful looking buillding.

dihan said...

Hey nice info . You are doin good job .

Alison said...

The architecture was the fashion of the time. The only thing I don't like is the Science building lumped on the side!

Brit Boy said...

Thanks for the compliment

I agree. It is unfortunate that such a beautiful building isn't given the lone setting that it deserves.

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