24 January 2015

National History Museum

Today was a *very* cold but beautiful sunny day, so I ventured out braving the chilly wind.













I decided to be a tourist and explore the National History Museum, which is exhibiting a vast range of specimens comprising 80 million pieces within botany, mineralogy, entomology, zoology and palaeontology. The most famous dinosaur skeleton is the 32m long Diplodocus (or Dippy) dominating the main hall. Ever seen 'Night at the Museum'? Imagine this one coming to life!

About Dippy:

The cast was given as a gift by the Scottish American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, after a discussion with King Edward VII, then a keen trustee of the British Museum. Carnegie arranged for the cast to be created at his own considerable expense of £2,000, copying the original held at the Carnegie Museum. The pieces were sent to London in 36 crates, and on 12 May 1905, the exhibit was unveiled, to great public and media interest (the real fossil had yet to be mounted, as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh was still being constructed to house it). As word of "Dippy" spread, Mr Carnegie paid to have additional copies made for display in most of the major European capitals and in Latin and South America, making Dippy the most-seen dinosaur skeleton in the world. The dinosaur quickly became an iconic representation of the museum, and has featured in many cartoons and other media, including the 1975 Disney comedy One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing.

Let me give you a quick tour around the museum:
Tree blooming in January!

Poor little elephant, totally worn out!
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  1. I love museums, always so neat. So many cool things to see.

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  2. That building is just insane, really like your pictures. But the last one is the best haha

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  3. :) It is beautiful right? Thank you Imke

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  4. Awesome post! Im in love with the photos. Have an amazing Wednesday dear! :)

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  5. Great images!


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    1. Thank you Helen, and yes of course!

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  6. Heeral21.2.15

    Lovely post! My all time favourite museum in London... Have so many school trip memories going to NHM! :) x

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    1. Thank you Heeral x Can imagine, there were so many kids totally blown away by Dippy :)

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