I feel right at home with Darwin

from an upper balcony

from an upper balcony

Before we leave England behind and continue on to the continent I have to share with you my most favorite museum in London, the Natural History Museum. It is not because of the collections, ranging from the very modern Earth Hall to the Victorian collections of butterflies and fossils, but it is the building itself. In past trips I paid more attention to the collections, on this trip I wanted to really look at the architecture and the details.The museum opened in 1881 and is made largely of terracotta tiles which were used to resist the sooty climate of Victorian London. And these tiles and the carvings are varied and beautiful. Here’s a short tour to whet your appetite.

The Great Hall/Diplodocus Skeleton

The Great Hall/Diplodocus Skeleton

The Great Hall (opposite end). Statue of Darwin

The Great Hall (opposite end). Statue of Darwin

Charles Darwin oversees it all.

Charles Darwin oversees it all.

Staircases and balconies

Staircases and balconies

And finally some details. The building is encrusted with these from the ceiling to the corner of a column. This is why I love the Natural History Museum.

detailsNow, on to Paris and some tasty food.

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2 thoughts on “I feel right at home with Darwin

  1. This is a gorgeous view of London, one I have yet to experience. Thank you for my vicarious visit. Ironically, I just read Peter Sis’s “The Tree of Life”, life of Charles Darwin. Oh those drawings and presentation. Quite perfect for us adults as well as the Juvenile Literature set as indicated in the book.

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