On Tuesday I co-led a small group the the Natural History Museum in London. I was very excited; I visit Natural History Museums in every town I get the chance to. The London Natural History Museum is large in the sense of both the size of the building and that of the collection-it is comparable to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. On the way, I stopped to take some photos of the ducks near Buckingham palace.:
I feel like most of us were looking forward to seeing the dinosaur exhibit. There were a lot of nice fossil specimens such as the one below. There was also an impressive animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex display, but I only took videos of it since the movements are what are so impressive.
I enjoy looking at taxidermy specimens, such as this dik-dik (a type of small deer), because it allows me to study the animal’s physique up close in a way that I never could with a live specimen. Understandably, not everyone in the group was as enthusiastic as I was about this section of the museum.
There was also an extensive collection of minerals. My co-leader, Phillip, was more interested in that section than I was and those interested should read his blog post, but I did take a photo of these beautiful black opal specimens from the vault.
It was an enjoyable trip and I hope to be able to go again someday.