Museums and learning and that………………

Over the past couple of weeks I have been to the Natural History Museum twice and the Science Museum once. My personal preference was the Science Museum as I generally found it more interesting all round but the Natural History Museum by no means slipped by without making an impact on me. Mainly because of the amazing front entrance it has. I took this picture with my little Sony Cybershot camera so kindly gifted to me on my last birthday by two very special friends. I am sure you will agree the building is incredibly imposing.

Once inside from the front entrance doors you are greeted by a massive dinosaur skeleton. I will admit to remembering the name of that particular beast on standing in awe so I could dazzle you all with my knowledge but, as was inevitable, I have forgotten the name of the dino. Shame on me, but you can still enjoy the picture!

The main purpose of the first visit was to scope out the place to see if a four year old boys attention could be held by the place. We decided it would and so, for the second visit, the boy came along! He was most intrigued by the bones of all the dinosaurs. We thought the animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex would have the ‘wow’ factor but no. Apparently it was, and I quote, “Rubbish”. Alright then………… He did find the head of a T.Rex a little more frightening though. Despite his Dad’s best efforts, we couldn’t convince him to pose for an ‘OH NO! I am being eaten’ shot as he really was worried he would be eaten. This is as close as we got him.

The exhibit that left the biggest impression on me was the life size blue whale the Natural History Museum has. The size of the animal simply defies belief. I tried to take a picture of it to prove my point but whatever angle I tried from, it just didn’t work. The best I could do was the first quarter of the model and a about half of the skeletons that hung from the ceiling. I cannot impress upon you just has staggeringly enormous the animals are and how it’s quite believable that one could swallow an old man in his boat.

I was pleased to be leaving the Natural History Museum behind after a few hours as I really don’t like birds, creepy crawlies, snakes etc very much at all. Wildlife is not my thing and I was very disturbed by the cases full of birds on branches they have there.

Oh, before I continue, I’ll share with you the Lamborghini we saw on the way. It was in a shop and we weren’t allowed inside so I snapped through the window. There was a real Lambo, and then and iddy biddy Lambo for the iddy biddy people of the world. As you can see, the glass was incredibly clean because I am beautifully reflected in one of the shots.

Anyway, after that super car interlude, let’s return to the learning.

The Science Museum was immense. I could have spent all day in there. Similar to the Natural History, it has something special to welcome you in the main hall. It’s a Formula 1 Racing car lashed to the ceiling!

We didn’t really stop and read much in the Science Museum as we had done in the Natural history because, well, the stuff int he Science Museum was just much cooler to look at. As for a favorite section, I was torn between the Space bit and the car/technology bit. The space section made for better photo’s though so I shall tell you just a little about it. Don’t get me wrong there is a wealth of other exhibits in the Science Museum that warrant a write up, but just not from me today.

So, Space. It’s really big. Like, really, REALLY big. The Science Museum has a really good collection of space probes, thrusters, bits of space ships, satellites and all sorts of other goodies. My personal favorite though was the space ship kitchen and the space suit. Firstly the kitchen. The bags of dehydrated food couples with the various implements needed to eat and drink proved most fascinating. My personal favorite was the attachment for a can of Coke. The first picture is a general one of the kitchen layout. You can see the ‘oven’ and timer just at the top of the photo. The second image is my close up of the food so you can actually read the labels of what was on offer to the astronauts.

I fear the image is too small for the test to be read so I’ll tell you what the food was and you can see if you can guess which pouch is which. There was cream of tomato Soup, chicken salad, strawberry cereal cubes and seasoned scrambled eggs. I’m sure you’ll agree that all look rather less than appetising.

In the next case along was a space suit, a real space suit that had been worn in space by H. Sharman. Truly amazing to see it and know it has been into space, survived the journey and come back to be displayed for the greater populations interest. I couldn’t not share it with you.

In summary, if you come to London and don’t go to the Natural History or Science museums, shame on you!!! They’re both free admission and you could lose your self for half a day in each of them. Truly a credit to London’s tourist scene.