For Queen's Jubilee Day, most of the school in the United Kingdom was given a week break. It was from the 2nd of June until 10th of June. For this holiday, we only planned to take kids to visit a museum and we chose Natural History Museum.
Since we went there by car during weekdays, we had to pay for a congestion charge GBP10. It worth the money compare if we took the underground train because the kids got comfortably seated all the time and i could also nurse my baby anytime he demands. ;) We thought going on Friday we could avoid the massive traffic and crowds during the weekend but we were wrong. The traffic was still slow moving.
Anyway, we arrived safely around 4PM. Natural History Museum is located at Exhibition Road, London with other two large museum such as British Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum and it was near hubby's university, Imperial College London. This museum is famous with the largest dinosaur skeleton called Diplodocus which we have always seen in the movie. So Zahin was very curious and excited to meet him and she kept reminding us by saying ' Umi kata nak bawak Zahin tengok Dinosaur' :D
Actually, all of us were down with flu and fever as soon as the school break started on the first day which was Saturday. We just lazing around the house that weekend. We also had some guest through this month from Malaysia...(kt Malaysia pon cuti sekolah ;)) therefore we thought we just stayed home and attended the guests as best as we can.
But when the last guest returned to Malaysia on Thursday, then we started thinking to go out for the sake of Zahin though Iris and Zafri were still not fully recovered. But poor Zahin if not going anywhere during the school break. At least by going to the museum she would have something to tell like seeing the dinosaur skeleton if her teacher asks. ;)
The unique and creative escalator viewed from Level 1.
unwell lil missy who had a bad running nose that day
The first place that we explored was the Earth Treasury From Beginning Zone. There were about how the earth climate from icehouse phases change to the warm greenhouse phases.
There were telescopes provided and put suitable for adults and kids height. ;)
The second place that we discovered was called the Restless Surface at Level 2. It was all about volcanoes. The story about the Pinatubo volcano which erupted in 1991 at Philipines were everywhere. the photo above was a car that being covered by volcano ashes.
In this photo, the Eins especially Zahin enjoyed jotting down things that she saw. She's eager and did not show any sign of boredom. The list of things that she wrote was full on one page! Sorry i forgot to take the photo of it..
Lil hero was already calm down. When we arrived, he was a lil bit cranky due to the fever. He cried loudly and he did not want to stay in his buggy. So Mr. Babah had to carry him instead..
Took picture with Dinosaur skeleton but that was small, not the one that we're looking for..
A lot of skeletons in this museum. LOL.
AND this dinosaur skeletons that we've been searching for..yeay finally!
It's the largest and longest Dinosaur called as Diplodocus.
Love the Roman style architecture in the central hall. The beautiful tiles are called Terracotta. Credit to Alfred Waterhouse, the Planner aka Architect (Wikepedia). BTW, can you spot me and my daughters? Hehe.
If you see, there was a Charles Darwin statue in white colour at the top of the staircase. He was famous with his theory which was Darwin's Theory. People lined to take a photo with it.
Diplodocus front view in the main hall. Amazing creature. Subhanallah. But what if it is still alive and exist today? haha. Anyway, i just knew that some of Dinosaurs were Herbivores..not all of them were Carnivores apparently. But this one was Carnivore ;)
Iris the Sleepy head with her mommy. That's the pre-sign :D
Zafri also started to be cranky again. Hehe it's the second sign So we called it the day!
Before leaving we took picture at the main entrance which is at Cromwell Road. Yup, this museum has few entrances.
Behind Hubby and our precious gems was some view of the Natural History Museum building from the outside. Gradeur and beautiful!
And this one was Victoria & Albert Museum which the architecture was not bad too!
All in all, the Natural History Museum was indeed large. We did not cover all the departments in each of zone, we just managed to cover only some of the sections like Earth in the Red zone, touch and go and also 'drive-through' at Birds section in the Green Zone and Dinosaur in the BLue Zone. huhu. The museum actually is divided into four zones and another zone which i still have not mention here is the Orange Zone. In this zone, there is the Darwin Center which we did not manage to visit. Hopefully, we will come again next time if God willing. But the most important thing was we met Mr. Diplodocus which matters most to Zahin. Hehe.
Alhamdulillah, the mission was accomplished. Zahin was satisfied and has gained some knowlege, more or less. hehe and we glad that we went though we all were not feeling well but the kids were still considered as at their good behaviour. Well done dearies! =)
Ok Wassalam and till next post insya Allah! ;)