The kids recently had an educational home school trip to the Natural History museum in South Kensington (London) and I managed to tag along. Being the slowest in the bunch I managed to slow the team enough to allow me to take a few photos. The original plan was actually to do 3 museums (Natural History museum, Victoria and Albert art museum and the Science museum) in one day…over ambitious of course!
My highlight indeed was meeting with the one and only ….Charles Darwin! We had a chat but he is rather quiet these days. You see, he sits encased in stiff and cold concrete overlooking the main foyer of the Natural History museum. Atleast he has a good view of the thousands of visitors to the museum. He is immobile with a cold frozen gaze with an air of melancholy around him as though pleading with the millions who enter the renowned museum. (It’s as though) he is pleading and almost lamenting to them once over and over again:
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,a
who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one. (Psalm 14:1-3)
The Entrance…..Run! Run! Its going to swallow you!
The Natural History Museum is a brilliant museum, which is sadly, encased firmly in a humanistic view of the world. With older students it would make an interesting starting point for a discussion of “worldviews”.
The Natural History Museum in London does well to exhibit what it should: science.
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