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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Sights of Nottingham: Museum of Natural History

Note: High resolution images of all of the following photos are available. Click on the photos to view their higher resolution images.

Quite some time ago, I posted pictures of Wollaton Park, split over two posts, here and here.

Right at the heart of Wollaton Park is Wollaton Hall. It was built in the 16th century and is now currently used as Nottingham's Museum of Natural History.

Interior panorama of Wollaton Hall.

While certainly not as interesting as London's Museum of Natural History (which I visited briefly, photos will be up some time in the future), it's still worth a visit. After all, entrance is totally free, although it is customary to drop a few coins into the donation box.

Geez, I never knew bees live in multi-storey buildings.

Wollaton Hall is two-storey tall (or so I remember). Among things you can expect to see in the museum include preserved animals, live insects kept in glass enclosures, stuffed models of birds (some are artificial, some are real preserved animals) and a wide collection of gemstones.

Trophies 2
Animal trophies, collected when hunting was still perfectly unregulated and legal.

Trophies 1
Close-up of the trophies.

The Pipe
Nope. One year in UK and I haven't seen anyone smoking pipes like this. At least no one non-fictional and alive.

Remember the good ol' radios shown in classic Disney cartoons?

Or the rotate-to-dial phones?

I apologise for the lack of quality of these photos. As usual, it was a big challenge, trying to catch photos in dark interiors with such an old camera. But photos of the Hall's exterior definitely look much better, and I promise they'll be uploaded relatively soon.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon...

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