Visit to National History Museum
October 22nd 2016
In the morning we visited National History Museum (NHM) in London. Unfortunately we could not get a tour guide, so that we explored the museum based on the general guide provided by paying a donation of 1 GBP. However, there is no admission fee to enter the museum. The museum is divided into several zones, which are red zone, green zone, blue zone, and orange zone. In the red zone we can explore the changing history of earth, comprises of some galleries, such as Earth Lab, Earth’s Treasury, Lasting Impressions, Restless Surface, From The Beginning, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, and Visions of Earth. In the green zone zone, there are galleries, such as Birds, Creepy Crawlies, Ecology, Fossil Marine Reptiles, Hintze Hall, Minerals, The Vault, and Investigate. In the Blue zone there are galleries, such as Dinosaurs, Fish, Amphibi and and Reptiles, Human Biology, Images of Nature, Marine Invertebrates, and Mammals. In the orange zone there are Wildlife Garden and Darwin Center galleries. The Natural History museum combines museum’s life and earth science collections with specialist expertise in “taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, natural resources, planetary science, evolution and informatics” to tackle scientific questions. The exhibitions are very well designed and displayed, which make people attracted and at the same time could educate people about the nature. The museum have many collections which have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. There are exhibitions of dinosaur skeletons, especially the large Diplodocus carnegii cast which dominates the vaulted central hall, that also make the museum famous. Another interesting display is the parallel skeleton and model of a blue whale. In the museum people also can experience the feeling of some natural phenomena, such as the feeling when there is an earthquake. Almost in all zones there are interactive media that can let the visitor experience the phenomena. They also have some temporary exhibition and visitors except member need to pay for admission. At this time there are two temporary exhibitions, Wildlife Photography of The Year and Colour and Vision Through The Eyes of Nature.