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Natural History Museum

So…

Today started off with a visit to the Portobello Market (read here), followed by a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park (read here). The last part of my day with Gaby was spent in the Natural History Museum – a pretty cool place, and I really enjoyed the interactive exhibits!

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At first Gaby and I wanted to visit a cafe since we were a bit hungry from all that walking, but when it started to rain we figured that it would be best to just enter the museum and buy food from the cafe inside. The line for food purchases was quite long though, so we decided to see two of the four ‘zones’ before stopping for a snack break.

Atlas

Atlas

Poseidon

Poseidon

Medusa

Medusa

Cyclops

Cyclops

entrance to the Red Zone

entrance to the Red Zone

The first zone we visited was the Red Zone, which contained everything Earth-related, including volcanoes and earthquakes, and Earth from the beginning. I really enjoyed the wall of the planets in the Solar System since they compared each planet’s gravity and average temperature with that of the Earth (and included a fun fact on each screen).

Red Zone

Red Zone

Table-top of Ancient Roman Marbles

Table-top of Ancient Roman Marbles

the actual marble table-top

the actual marble table-top

Next came the Green Zone, which contained everything environment-related such as Ecology, but also the Birds and ‘Creepy Crawlies’.

Green Zone

Green Zone

Snowy Owl - aka Hedwig!

Snowy Owl – aka Hedwig!

the Earth is pretty cool...

the Earth is pretty cool…

Giant Ground Sloth

Giant Ground Sloth

Giant Ground Sloth information

Giant Ground Sloth information

Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia

view from the top of the museum

view from the top of the museum

room of Minerals

room of Minerals

The Vault

The Vault

"A Star in a Stone"

“A Star in a Stone”

"A Star in a Stone" information

“A Star in a Stone” information

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

After a snack break (read here), we continued on to the Blue Zone, which held a large display of dinosaurs and mammals. The most interesting section was probably the Human Anatomy area, and I really liked the interactive memory games, especially “solve the crime”!

Blue Zone

Blue Zone

Diplodocus

Diplodocus

Triceratops

Triceratops

T-Rex

T-Rex

T-Rex jaw

T-Rex jaw

T-Rex Fun Fact #1

T-Rex Fun Fact #1

T-Rex Fun Fact #2

T-Rex Fun Fact #2

T-Rex Fun Fact #3

T-Rex Fun Fact #3

T-Rex machine, ala 'Jurassic Park'

T-Rex machine, ala ‘Jurassic Park’

tooth comparisons

tooth comparisons

distant relatives?

distant relatives?

polar bear!

polar bear!

like an African safari...

like an African safari…

"breeding groups"

“breeding groups”

whales and other marine mammals

whales and other marine mammals

SUPER AWKWARD sexual intercourse section

SUPER AWKWARD sexual intercourse section

giant baby

giant baby

"memory of an elephant"

“memory of an elephant”

what kind of memory do you have?

what kind of memory do you have?

The final zone was the Orange Zone, which we basically skimmed through since we were running out of time. This zone contained the Wildlife Garden and focused on Zoology.

Orange Zone

Orange Zone

Overall it was a really fun experience, and I quite enjoyed the interactive displays. I apologize to the kids who were impatiently waiting for Gaby and I to leave in order to play with a certain exhibit…

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