Recently I went to see the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at the Natural History Museum.
I took my camera, of course! Just the little one though. I’m always paranoid about taking my DSLR to cities and with the size and weight of it I didn’t want to travel, queue, and be in crowds with it all day. My little camera didn’t do too badly.
The butterflies and moths were flying free inside an enclosed area on the museum grounds, but outside the actual museum building. Inside the enclosure was a heated walk through garden full of scented plants, and of course, the butterflies.
As you walk in through the plastic flaps you are soon hit with the heat. If you are thinking of going, and I absolutely recommend it, don’t wear too much or at least have layers you can shed and put back on afterwards – it’s toasty!
The butterflies go about their day, flying from flower to flower, as you watch. Sometimes they get really close to you and they are all so pretty.
I really enjoyed seeing so many pretty butterflies so close up. I would have liked to have held one, but understandably you are not supposed to touch them. A few people did have butterflies land on them – I wanted to be one of them, but the insects didn’t oblige. One did land on my friend though.
The butterflies are from all around the world and you can seem them at different life stages; there was a display of chrysalis’ and I have photos of this to come later.
In the centre of the garden was a table of fruits (banana, orange..) sliced in half for the butterflies to feed from. I also have photos of this to post soon. I have too many for just one post!
The Sensational Butterflies Exhibit promotional video by the Natural History Museum:
I really had fun at the exhibit and looking around the museum afterwards, I could spend days in there! If you want to go you can book tickets for the exhibit on the NHM website and entrance to the museum itself is free (except some exhibits).
If you liked this post, watch out for a couple more butterfly ones over the next few weeks.