The last few days of the trip included visits to several highlights, such as the Globe theater, the Prime Meridian, and the London Zoo. Out of those above, I liked the Globe and the Observatory at the Prime Meridian the most. Overall, the Natural History Museum is still my favorite, of course.
I really appreciated how this trip brought me to such a wide variety of museums. I always thought of myself as someone who goes to museums a lot, but I felt overwhelmed (in a good way) by the sheer number we visited, let alone the number of options that we had. I am not normally a fan of vehicles, but I loved the Transport Museum and the Cutty Sark. I feel that I am more likely to branch out to subjects that I don’t know I like already the next time I am on a trip like this.
I enjoyed this trip a lot. I enjoyed meeting like-minded people and visiting places that I may never otherwise have. I’m glad I was able to go.
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.