Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pitt Rivers Museum!

Today Aaron and I went to the Pitt Rivers Museum, and it was awesome!!!  It looks like an old train station, it had huge marble columns holding up big metal gothic beams, with a glass ceiling!  I was very impressed with the architecture to begin with, and additionally impressed with the collections they had!

First we saw the Natural History Museum, which is the first thing you walk in on.  They had a mounted T-Rex skeleton, as well as Iguanodon, a Velociraptor, a Triceratops skull, and several other dinosaurs.  They also had a complete mounted skeleton of a Dodo, and a reconstructed model as well!!!  And on the wall they had the original famous painting of the Dodo!  They also had many other awesome skeletons, and tons of stuffed modern day animals as well.  Seriously, this was one of my favorite natural history museums ever.

Then we went through the doors in the back to the Pitt Rivers Museum collections, which was also very impressive.  They must have had a million artifacts in that one room.  (yes, pretty big room).  Tens of thousands for certain.  They had totem poles from the American North West, shrunken heads from South America, little gold statues and relics from Asia, Egyptian mummies and sarcophaguses, and so much more!!!  It was much more darkly lit that the other parts of the museum, and I'm not sure why they did that.  Maybe it made the strange items seem more scary and creepy or more intense, or maybe it was to preserve certain artifacts.  I think it was intentional to strike a mood with the visitors and help them to better appreciate the relics.

All and all a very fun day!  We are going to the final Harry Potter tonight, and off to visit a sheep farmer in Dorset tomorrow!!

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