I adore the Natural History Museum, even without any specimens or artefacts, it is still a superb building with decoration covering almost every surface. This is the vaulted ceiling in the main hall, taken from under the huge Diplodocus skeleton's tail, for a bit of architecture and natural history in one photo opportunity! Does it look like I may have been practically lying down in the middle of the Hintze Hall of the NHM to get this photo? Hmmm what do you think?
In the basement of the NHM is the Investigate Centre, which is open to the public in the late afternoons. Hundreds of specimens for kids to handle, look at under microscope, measure, weigh, generally do all the things you are generally NOT allowed to do in other parts of the museum. Shells, fossils, insects, bats, cocoons, vertebrae, skulls, stuffed fox, snakeskin, lichen, stick insects, fungi, antlers, turtles, sharks jaws...so much stuff! The girls had a great time being little scientists with wonderful staff on hand, very helpful and knowledgeable.
Another fab day and judging by the rain, a good place to spend it too.