London: National History Museum – The Lone Wonderer

UK and London were my next stop after New-Zealand. I lived and worked there for 9 months. I honestly haven’t taken many pictures at all. I haven’t been around much except for that day when I went to the National History Museum. It’s a huge museum, it takes several hours to go all around and the best part: the entrance is free of charges.

Established in 1881 as the British museum, it’s only since 1992 that the National History Museum got its current name. The main hall is called the Hintze Hall, there used to be a replica of diplodocus skeleton here, but it has been changed in 2017 by this blue whale skeleton instead.

The museum is divided in 4 zones (green, blue, red and orange) which all hosts different galleries. I will not go through all of them, but I will just show some that I liked more than the others. Like dinosaurs for example. I used to be a dinosaur-nerd as kid, and even now, I still can’t resist watching or reading whenever I find a documentary or article about dinosaurs. I actually spent most of my time in the museum in the gallery dedicated to dinosaurs.

A big part of the blue zone is dedicated to mammals. Obviously most of them are not related directly to UK like elephants or camels, but it’s very interesting to see how animals have been evolving over the centuries, where you can find them in the world and why they are the way they are. I just love reading every single sign I can find I guess.

If I asked you to guess from which animal this little guy there is the ancestor. What would be your answer? Fox? Some kind of dog or cat maybe? Absolutely not. As written on the sign, this carnivorous animal called mesonychid lived in North America 46 Millions Years ago. Pretty old eh? Because of their fossils, many paleontologist defend to say they were the ancestors of…Whales and Dolphins! Unbelievable isn’t it? 

Ok, so this is probably one of the ugliest pictures you will see on that blog. And not only because of my reflection on the window or the bad lightning. But this is still a unique shot that is worth sharing. In fact, what you may think is just an ugly stone is actually the most important piece of meteorite of the last hundred years according to researchers and scientists. In fact this is the biggest Martian meteorite ever found. Scientists say millions of years ago, a comet hit the surface of Mars, creating a big explosion, and some fragments of the planet left the atmosphere and then the orbit of Mars. It only reached Earth orbit and fell in July 2011 during a shower of stones in a little village in Morocco. 

If you are a nature lover, you will probably like the wildlife garden. Located southwest to the museum, this is a quiet place where you can find both flora and fauna exclusive to UK. It’s not big but it’s still enjoyable to have a walk in park after a day spent indoor.

I lived in London for 9 months and it’s only two weeks before leaving UK that I’ve actually visited something. It was definitely worth it, this is not the first museum I make a post about on this blog and it’s not gonna be the last. If you ever go to London and are more of a curious person, I definitely recommend you to go there. There is a lot to see and to learn about pretty much everything.

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