A few weeks ago Ellie and were given the amazing opportunity to fly to London for the day to attend an event. Upon our arrival in London, it turned out that we had a few hours to spare, so with my daughter being the little museum nerd that she is, there really was only one place that I wanted to take her to and of course, that was the National History Museum.
Ellie was so WOW’d by the speedy atmosphere of London that her eyes were so wide trying to take it all in with every step we took. I remember her saying to me two within ten minutes of arriving in London. “Mummy, why are they in such a rush?” & “How come they don’t talk to each other?”. Bless her. In Belfast, we’d tell our life story to a stranger on the street. That just the sociable wee Irish folk that we are so I had to explain to her that not every country would be like her own.
But she loved the London sights all the same. She especially enjoyed the giant escalators as we hopped on and off trains all morning and the rush of the underground tube trains. But once we stood in the queue to enter the National History Museum, that’s where the fun began!
As it was the school half term holiday we anticipated the long queue to get in, however, it was a pleasant wait as the sun shone and we got to see the workers hard at it putting together the gorgeous ice rink and Christmas tree outside on the museum grounds.
Within 10 minutes and short one doughnut later we walked through the doors of the prestigious National History Museum and as soon as Ellie caught sight of the skeletal tailbone of the Stegosaurus Dinosaur in the foyer her jaw dropped and she darted forward for a closer look. In that moment, I knew going out of our way to visit here was the best decision I could have made.
Ellie lit up like the biggest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen when she walked into this museum. Seeing prehistoric bones of an animal that once walked the earth blew her mind. She’s such a little nerd and lover of knowledge and I couldn’t wait to show her more of the museum.
During our quick visit to the museum, my daughter turned into a full on tourist. She was constantly taking photos on her phone and whats-apping them to her cousins. It was a good job I brought two portable mobile chargers!
My eldest girl has always been a hardcore animal fan. She’s a religious Deadly 60 fan and I reckon could make an awesome assistant to Steve Backshaw one day! I remember when I was younger I wanted to work with the legendary Steve Irwin, so it seems the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Sadly this was a very short visit, poor Ellie tried to absorb as much of the place as she possibly could in the hour we were there. But she has asked to visit next year for her birthday, so I need to make that happen! 😉
If you want to read about the event we attended after our visit to the museum, then you can do so here.