I think the last time I visited The Natural History Museum in London was on a school trip – back in the days when it was just called The Natural Museum and all the dinosaurs were wandering around alive and for real. Ha!
No, really, it was a long time ago.
So here’s some photos from my visit there a few weeks ago, I’d forgotten all about them. It’s such a lovely old building, even without all the exciting treasures inside – and boy are there a lot of treasures!
Getting my head around all the time-scales involved with pre-historic life always leaves me feeling a bit insane and in hippy-like love with the universe.
Oh, and it’s not just extinct things on display – there are more recognisable creatures too. It’s hard to imagine a time when these now familiar animals would have appeared just as bizzare and unreal to people in Victorian England as a Tyrannosaurus Rex does to us today.
It’s a museum that’s as much about people as it is dinosaurs though, about Victorian collectors and pioneers – brave and adventurous dudes like Darwin (who has now been given pride of place – keeping an eye on the old place).
Oh and there are rocks, too. Lots and lots of rocks. Rocks, rocks, rocks. Every single geological compound you could ever think of, in fact. They’re in a room at the very top of the museum with wonderfully big and airy windows which, if you visit on a boiling hot day like we did, means you don’t mind spending a lot of time there looking at rocks. I liked the pointy pink ones.
Get yourself there, it’s a fab day out – and it’s free! (I want to go back)!
All photos taken with my Canon 5D MkII and 50mm f/1.4 lens