Saturday, 3 October 2009
Natural History Museum- Darwin Centre
This is probably one of the most obvious museums, but one worth mentioning currently, due to the opening of the new darwin centre, which is the largest concrete structure in europe. Built to resemble a giant cocoon, the building is surprisingly beautiful, and there has been care taken throughout the museum to make the experience fluid and enjoyable. Of note are the interactive displays, which are beautifully animated and full of well-presented information.
The layout as a whole is exceptionally well planned, including a room investigating the effects of global warming on biodiversity, and a portion where the public can view evolutionary scientists going about their work, cataloguing and classifying behind a glass wall, as if in some kind of surreal space zoo. It stands as a remarkably designed monument to Darwin's work, and it's continued ramifications for the earth.