Exhibitions pop up around the city all the time, on the weekends I love to soak in some inspiration and culture utilising those days off work.
Every year the Natural History Museum puts on an exhibition allowing visitors to wander through a trail spotting butterflies and moths along the way.
The Natural History Museum is one of my all time favourite museums it brings back great childhood memories of running around and being fascinated by the dinosaurs on display an obsession I’d adopted from my brother. We’d spend hours marvelling over the different species on display.
The architecture is so impressive that despite passing the building several times a month it still amazes with each visit.
The Natural History Museum opened back in 1881; architect Alfred Waterhouse designed the building. The exterior is built with predominantly terracotta tiles that can be seen inside the building also, with detailed relief carvings of various animals and plants that can be noticed throughout.
The entrance was named the Waterhouse building; the incredible façade and high towers create such a powerful impact. Basalt columns at Fingal’s Cave in West Scotland inspired the round arched entrance. The building is one of Britain’s most memorable examples of Romanesque architecture and has an unbelievable impact on old visitors like myself and new visitors.
Taking myself back to my youth we started our day with a butterfly hunt and explored the enclosure admiring the flying beauties that passed us at the Sensational Butterflies exhibition. It is open to the public from early spring until 13th September 2015. The tickets are really reasonable and it’s a relaxing way to spend the day out in town.
There are rare butterflies from Africa, Asia and South America all fluttering through the space.
The exhibition predominately enticed families but behaving like big kids has never bothered us.
We admired the striking flowers and variety of butterflies.
They chose some of the most unusual spots to land and left us giggling like school children. I felt a tickle on my legs and wondered why people were staring at me as a new friend latched on.
We followed the trail and appreciated the fantastic life cycle finding caterpillars hidden amongst the leaves, watching the hanging cocoons slowly wriggle as butterflies emerged.
Even the moths had a sense of beauty as they fluttered in the garden.
After the butterfly trail we went on our next hunt of the day, but this time for something slightly scarier – dinosaurs.
The entrance has the famous ‘Dippy’ diplodocus dinosaur cast; it has been located here since 1979. Dippy was cast from original fossil bones discovered in the US in 1898.
Sadly it was announced at the beginning of the year that instead of Dippy, the 82ft female blue whale skeleton would be placed in this spot. The whale is currently on display in the mammals’ gallery, but will welcome visitors into Hintze Hall from summer 2017.
I had a little stare at the stunning mosaic tiled floor looking beautiful as ever.
My favourite part of the museum is the Hintze Hall that leads to a dramatic staircase rising to the galleries located on the second floor. The ceiling shows exposed glass and bare iron detailing representing the structure of the building and the craftsmanship.
Every inch of the building has a fantastic feature to look at; another of my favourites is the gigantic stained glass windows.
The museum was packed as always, we slowly checked out the dinosaurs on display. We passed the skeleton of Camarasaurus; it hangs over the walkway showing its impressive form and scale.
Being in this part of the museum brought back amazing flashbacks to our youth, we watched the T.rex moving in a swampy pit.
The huge model moves and makes some pretty intimidating noises, that might have left us jumping with it’s life-like moves.
If you fancy spending a day hunting for butterflies and/or dinosaurs don’t forget to take a visit to the Natural History Museum it’s nice to relive your youth now and then.