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Cathedral of Nature

April 12, 2012

The Natural History Museum in London was built by Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1881. It is often called the Cathedral of Nature because of the way it looks and what it has inside.

I entered the museum through The Earth Hall. It was quite fantastical.

One of the things that they had in this hall was a cyclops skull. The skull is from a creature they believe is related to elephants but lived millions of years ago. Crazy!

Mr Spaceman!

I spent a lot of time in the mineral rooms and “The Vault” which is where the museum has some of the most wonderful specimens. These displays have remained largely unchanged as an example of the 19th-century display techniques. There are about 14,000 specimens on display, taken from outer space (they actually have a rock from Mars) to Mexico and everywhere in between.

Earlier in the day I had been in the V&A jewelry gallery so, seeing these minerals in the raw form was quite interesting to me. It was like seeing a before and after.

I thought this one kind of looked like broccoli.

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