As previously reported, today marks the start of a major new exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum exploring the ideas of Charles Darwin and their impact on the way we view the natural world.
Along with a couple of dozen other journos and a smattering of travel reps I was granted a sneak preview of the exhibition at yesterday’s press launch.
The museum team have assembled an inspiring collection of Darwin’s personal belongings, artefacts from his travels, specimens and even a couple of live animals to illustrate the remarkable theories which culminated in the publication of On the Origin of Species.
In addition to exploring Darwin’s travels on the Beagle, the exhibition includes family photos and letters, exploring the man behind the theory.
It’s almost impossible to convey the sense of awe I felt as I explored the exhibits, my overriding feeling was one of being in the presence of genius and I left feeling uncharacteristically awed.
Days out in London don’t come any more intelligent and thought provoking than this.
Admission: Adult £9.00, child £4.50, family (up to two adults and maximum three children) £24.00, concession £6.00, free for Members, Patrons and children aged three and under.
Dates and times: Every day, 14 November – 19 April 2009, 10.00–17.50 (last admission 17.30) closed 24–26 December
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Monday–Friday, 020 7942 5011 Saturday–Sunday