Pocket Number 7: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London

The Natural History Museum is free!

Unfortunately, I visited later than planned and only an hour and a half before closing time 25 pts ldn 266 (2)and so did a whirlwind tour of the exhibits across the variously coloured zones; weaving around parents and their wonder-rooted offspring while eye-skimming  taxidermy displays and fossil, gem and mineral collections.

My hurricanesque momentum was eventually halted by a traffic jam at the elevated walkway of the popular dinosaur exhibit.

25 pts ldn 255 (2)The walkway affords a Brachiosaurus’-eye’s  view onto the installations below and allows spectators to ascend to be nearer to the various ceiling suspended dinosaur models and skeletons.

The walkway then descends and meanders into a dimly lit room inhabited by a life-size,25 pts ldn 256 animatronic T-Rex with a fearsomely toothed mouth that opens wide as a precursor to emitting mighty roaring sounds.25 pts ldn 259 (2)

Next, I visited a creepy crawly installation and the earthquake and volcano exhibit.


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Eventually, I landed in a Noah’s ark type space populated with large stuffed mammals – elephants, giraffes, rhinos, etc.; all on display beneath a suspended, life-size model of a blue whale.

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By this time the museum closed and invigilators began herding everyone towards the exits.

25 pts ldn 265I explained to some of them about my project and was sent by Esma to speak to anyone at the main Quad at UCL. Esma studies English and Literature there.

She advised me to put a brochure of the museum on the montage.

Pocket Number 8: anyone at The Quadrangle, University College London >>


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