Hope & Venom
Where, When & Why
Natural History Museum, London // November 2017 // Venom: Killer & Cure Exhibition
A sunny Sunday spent studying Venom at my favourite spot? Sign me up.
London's Natural History Museum is quite possibly one of my favourite places in the world. I always feel a certain calm and awe stepping into the atrium before wandering the halls paved in all manner of treasures of natural discovery.
Here are five reasons to visit before the close of the year.
1. Hope The Whale
I'd been meaning to visit Hope for a while but I suppose life and travelling got in the way.
After bidding adieu to long-time resident Dippy, the museum welcomed a beautiful 25.2m female whale into their equally stunning atrium. Named Hope as a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future.
Complete your visit by heading to the Whales: Beneath The Surface exhibition for an intimate look into the secret world of these awe inspiring creatures.
2. Venom: Killer & Cure Exhibition
Venom was my main reason for visiting the NHM and it did not disappoint.
Think massive spiders, dead creatures in jars and oddly comforting quotes shedding light on the positive impact of venom in human lives. My favourite part of this eye-opening and mind-broadening exhibition is the Emerald Cockroach Wasp; a bottle blue badass capable of some real messed up zombification level shit. My goth-dar was going off!
Save a few bob by picking up your tickets online.
On approaching the NHM, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were entering a temple of worship. Tall and looming, the iconic structure built with Gothic Revival and twelfth-century Romanesque-style architecture has been rightly hailed as a "cathedral to nature".
4. A True Winter Wonderland
Well, for a city anyway. The modest skating rink bordered with Victorian style carousel and lodges serving up hot drinks to stave off the winter chill.
5. Charles Darwin & Treasures
Before you enter Treasures, doff your cap to great evolutionist Charles Darwin. It's only right given the chamber on the first floor of the atrium holds only the elite of the museum's collection. Gems include a Barbary lion skull, Iguanodon teeth and an emperor penguin egg collected during Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expedition.