The Natural History Museum is always a good idea and it’s somewhere I hadn’t taken the girls to so we were incredibly excited to visit recently and take in the Colour and Vision Exhibition before it closes on the 6th November.
The Colour and Vision Exhibition is the tale of the evolution of colour and vision and it explains how the earliest life on earth evolved into the enormous variety of colours we see in the natural world today. It shows rare species and specimens that demonstrate how colour is used in nature; a warning – the black stripes on a snake, a disguise like the chameleon or as a method of attraction, yes those wild colours on faces and bottoms that are quite unbelievable.
The girls were equally intrigued and repulsed by a creepy wall of real eyes that showcased eyes from all types of animals with a list to refer to to discover who the eye belonged to.
There were also three LG OLED 4K TV screens displaying images of the human eye as we walked around the exhibition, you could scan your own eye and add it to the 4K photography exhibition.
There is a lot of technology behind the exhibition and the above video shows the LG OLED tunnel which is really fascinating to watch and must have been even more fabulous to see and walk through.
Natural History Museum
Anyway back to our day out, it started of course with the dinosaur in the main hall and can I say that I thought it was small? This is clearly because I have a memory of visiting as a child and the dinosaur towering over me and seemed to take up the entire hall. Now either I have grown up or they’ve changed dino since I last went! The twins were still impressed though and that is the important bit.
From there we walked down to the Colour and Vision exhibition and spent a good half an hour roaming around taking in all of the interesting facts about the evolution of these senses. I was happy to see lots of interactive stations which kept the girls amused and switched on. The image below shows words and colours, you collected the colours from boxes on the wall and associated them with each of the words.
We walked around the entire exhibition and then made our way through the Human Biology part which we all found really interesting. It’s a part of the museum I never tire of and the sensation of sitting in the womb is one I’ll never tire of.
We continued our journey into the centre of the earth and the girls were able to read about volcanoes, earthquakes and take a look at all the crystals and gems found on our planet – needless to say, thanks to the museum shop, we have a huge collection of crystals and ‘gems’ on the windowsill.
One of the most memorable parts of this area was the simulation of an earthquake where you enter a space and at a given moment it starts to shake and tremor as if you were experiencing a real earthquake. The set is a supermarket in Japan and you watch as products topple over on the shelves and you watch a video of shelves falling over. Big thumbs up for my two.
It was a truly memorable day out and I’m sure we shall return again at some point as it is impossible to see all of the museum and take it all in in one go. The girls loved it and so did we and although we visited on a Saturday there was still plenty of space to walk around.
Top tips for visiting the Natural History Museum
- Arrive early, there is a lot to see and later in the day the museum will get busier.
- Do your research before so you have a clear idea of what you want to see first. You’ll be surprised how quickly time passes by.
- The museum is split into four colour-coded areas, there are plenty of maps and signs around but it’s worth looking at the map online to work out where you’d like to go.
- Print out the PDF from the website, as maps cost £1 once you are there.
- As with all London attractions, food and drink is premium so take water with you and snacks or treat yourself at the excellent restaurant or cafe.
Disclosure: We were provided with travel and tickets to the Colour and Vision Exhibition for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.