Travel Diaries: The Natural History Museum

Nearly a hundred bad jokes later and Jordan and I have returned home from our trip to London to see the Natural History Museum.

The great thing about going travelling with your best friend and boyfriend is having the same interests in nerdy things like dinosaurs and taxidermy extinct animals. It’s checking out the interactive displays in the Earth section with an almost childlike enthusiasm and not feeling ashamed to do so.

I’m hoping that at some point this week I can edit our adventures, create a vlog for YouTube, and share the experience with the community but as it’s going to be such a busy week I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get to sit down behind my computer screen. I will create it regardless, because it’s a passion of mine, ever since I undertook my animation degree.

So what’s so good about a dusty old museum? First of all, it’s free, you’ve only got to worry about travel arrangements so if you’re on a budget like we were then it’s a perfect excuse for a day out.

Secondly, it’s not as old as it sounds. Although the museum is host to bones of extinct animals from millions of years ago, the building and the exhibits are surprisingly modern, especially the catacombs where you can look at the process scientists undertake when researching the species.

I can’t deny, we did see some dust but 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.

My favourite part of the museum? The part that left a mark on my memory the most was definitely the Earth room. Having to walk past a stegosaurus skeleton to get on an escalator through a replica of what could possibly be an asteroid to get to a few exhibits about how the earth moves, what an earthquake feels like, and several instructional videos most likely aimed at teaching children, it was fantastic and felt much more than a museum.

If you’re into crystals and precious materials, the Natural History Museum in London has a whole room dedicated to the stuff! Travel a bit further into the room and you can enter the vault, a room of extra special belongings, including a tiny tube of stardust which was incredibly humbling.

If you’re looking for something different to do, something cost effective and interesting then I would highly recommend a visit to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.

Until next time.

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