Fly, Poo and Fake Bread

As a child I have a very distinct memories of visiting the Natural History museum for the first time. I remember entering from the Brompton road with my Granddad, being struck by the vast entrance hall and the beautiful vaulted ceiling, the huge centre piece of dinosaur bones. My first school trip as a primary child was to the home of Charles Darwin and there was his statue on the stairs of the museum.  I choked on a boiled sweet in surprise and shock at the sight of a stuffed bear.
I recently took Noo to visit and stepping inside brought all these memories back, it was just as I’d remember; full of stuffed animals and dinosaurs against a backdrop of the decorative and detailed Victorian interiors which as I child I’d barely noticed.

Noo’s favourite exhibit was a roaring animatronics tyrannosaurus rex; so life-like we saw children reduced to tears at the sight of it. Animatronics are a development since my last visit, as was the Darwin extension a futuristic cocoon containing a vast collection of plant and insect specimens.

Take the lift to the top and a sloping corridor winds down through the building. We enjoyed the touch screen displays and peeking into laboratories and research rooms; sure to fire the imagination a young explorers. I wondered if Noo would love the place as much as I did and he did, especially the fly and the poo and the fake bit of bread. The Natural History Museum still casts a magic spell.


  1. Ally Bean

    It’s delightful seeing a museum through the eyes of a child. Love what captured his attention. I’m sure that I’d of missed those particular items if I were in the museum.

  2. Michael Cargill

    Natural History museum and the Science museum are amazing.

    I remember going to the NHM years and years ago with the school. There was a new dinosaur expedition and we had all been waiting all day to play on this one dinosaur that you could control.

    It turned out to be crap. It wasn’t a dinosaur at all, it was a few planks of plywood with a dinosaur mask as a head. You could move one of the legs and the head.

    That was it.

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